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16 die in Rajasthan bus-jeep collision
Jaipur, September 27, 2019
At least 16 people, including nine men, six women and one child, died while eight were injured when a mini-bus and a Bolero sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided head-on on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur road on Friday afternoon after one of the tyres of the bus burst.
Police rushed to the spot and took the injured to a nearby hospital in Balesar from where they were later shifted to a Jodhpur hospital.
The police said a resident of Balesar, Shravan Singh, was returning to his home after attending last rites of his relative in a jeep which had two males and two females. All four died in the accident.
Besides, 12 bus passengers lost their lives.
"A mini-bus coming from the opposite side collided with the jeep soon after its tyre got burst as it skidded to the wrong side losing its control. Both the vehicles fell off the road. Local villagers informed the police and called an ambulance. The injured were rushed to a hospital," said Additional Superintendent of Police Raghunath Garg (Rural).
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed sorrow about the accident.
"Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a terrible road accident in Balesar, #Jodhpur on NH 125. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May God give them strength to bear with this terrible loss. Hope and pray that injured recover soon," Gehlot said in a tweet.
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