In a tragic bus-truck accident 12 killed, 45 injured in Dergaon

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In a tragic bus-truck accident 12 killed, 45 injured in Dergaon

Guwahati: Tragedy struck on Wednesday morning when a bus collided with a truck near Dergaon in Golaghat district of Assam.

Officials said at least 12 people were killed, including five women and a minor boy.
The bus carrying 45 passengers of a picnic party was heading towards Tinsukia when it collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction on the under-construction national highway near Balijan, Dergaon in Golaghat district of Assam.
According to initial reports to the Highway Construction Authority, a diversion was created on the 4-lane road, resulting in the truck entering the “wrong lane”.

“Foggy conditions made matters worse,” a local resident said.

Around 45 persons were traveling in the bus from Kamarbandha to Tinsukia’s Tilinga Temple and Dibrugarh’s Bogibeel for a New Year picnic.

“We are investigating the cause of the accident. We recently had a meeting with road safety experts from Delhi and NHDCL assured us that proper signage and other rectification work on the highway will be completed within a month.

It is unfortunate that this happened today. But we can only tell more on how the accident happened after police and the authorities complete the investigation,” said Golaghat deputy commissioner P Uday Praveen.

The injured were rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

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