Sixteen labourers and three children were killed and six others injured after a truck in which they were travelling overturned in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the police said. The accident took place on Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar highway at Bavaliyari village near Dholera in Ahmedabad district early on Saturday, when the cement-laden truck was coming from Pipavav Port in Bhavnagar district, a police official said. “There were 25 labourers travelling in the truck. The vehicle turned turtle early morning and 19 labourers were crushed to death,” Ahmedabad Superintendent of Police RV Asari said. The deceased included 12 women and three children. While 18 of them died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries in a hospital. Six injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, the officer said. “The accident seems to have taken place as the driver of the truck lost control over the vehicle. After the mishap, the driver escaped from the spot and a search has been launched to trace him,” Asari said.

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