Udaipur : Nine people including 7 pilgrims from different cities of Gujarat were killed in a road accident near Nehla village at Balicha Bypass on Ahmedabad-Udaipur National Highway-8 on Saturday morning. The accident took place when the driver applied sudden brakes in order to save a two wheeler, which had approached suddenly. Unfortunately a speeding trailer that came from behind collided with the bus resulting into a major casualty. Most of the passengers were fast asleep and were caught inside the bus who were rescued after breaking through the glasses and window panes. Some 20 persons most of them being women, were seriously hurt who were rushed to the civil hospital. Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari, social activists and leaders visited the victims to take stock of the situation.
According to the police, the bus was going to Haridwar consisting of around 40 pilgrims from different cities of Gujarat. Most of them were elderly women. “ We had set off for a 12 day tour to Uttrakhand and surrounding places of religious importance and there were people from Junagarh, Ahmedabad, Rajkot etc” one of the victims said. Besides the Gujarati pilgrims, of the two deceased were Prakash Chandra Sharma, a research analyst in Udaipur who was heading towards his office on his scooty while one Pankaj Yadav resident of Pune who was on his bike too got caught in the collision and died. The bodies had to be pulled out with the help of crane, sources said. Authorities were busy in identification of the victims and informing their relatives back home. A complaint has been registered against the trailer driver under relevant sections of the IPC and a man hunt has been launched against him, said Brijesh Soni, additional SP, HeadQuarters.