At least 13 people died and about 50 others suffered injuries when an overcrowded mini-truck they were travelling in crashed into a tree near Machanayakanahalli in Maddur taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka late last night, police sources said.
The sources said the mishap occurred around 8.30 pm yesterday on the Maddur-Kunigal highway, about 100 km from here, when the driver of the speeding vehicle, an Eicher Canter, lost control over the wheel while negotiating a curve dashed into a tree on the left of the road.
Two of the victims died on the spot while 11 others succumbed to their injuries in hospitals in Mandya and Mysuru, they said.
Some of the serious injured persons were shifted to NIMHANS in Bengaluru, they said.
Those who died in the accident included two men, 10 women and a child, police said.
The victims were members of a wedding party travelling to Maddur when the mishap occurred. They belonged to the bride's side and were going to attend the reception at Maddur, the sources added.