16 died, over 50 injured after truck overturns in Meghalaya
12 people died on the spot and four succumbed to their injuries in hospital, police said.
At least 16 people were killed while more than 50 were injured, when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road, at Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district.
According to Indo-Asian News Service, the incident happened in Jdohkroh village, 11 km from Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills.
Sylvester Nongtnger, police chief of West Khasi Hills, said: " 12 people died on the spot and four succumbed to their injuries in hospital."
Among the 16 died in the accident, 9 were women and a 13-year-old girl.
Nongtnger told the news agency that all the victims were proceedings towards Nonglang village to attend the synod of Presbyterian Church.
Police said that wounded, including the driver and helper of the truck, have been rushed to nearby hospitals and to the Shillong Civil Hospital.
Police, quoting witnesses, said the mishap occurred due to speeding. Nonetheless, we are investigating the cause of the accident, they added.