12 people were killed and five other injured after two cars collided on Balesar-Jodhpur road in Rajasthan on Tuesday. The accident took place in early morning hours. Police have reached the spot. The injured have been taken to nearby MDM hospital. The impact of the crash was so severe that the cars crushed completely. The mangled remains were removed so that the traffic could be resumed on the busy route. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter and expressed his anguish over the accident.
Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in a severe road accident near Agolai village on Balesar-#Jodhpur road. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost dear ones, may God give them strength to bear this loss. May the injured recover soon..#Rajasthan— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 28, 2019
“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in a severe road accident near Agolai village on Balesar-#Jodhpur road. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost dear ones, may God give them strength to bear this loss. May the injured recover soon (sic),” Gehlot said ina tweet. Jodhpur District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the incident. The Rajasthan government has announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the family of the deceased.
A World Health Organization report has said that road accidents are among the leading cause of death group worldwide. More than 1.35 million lives are lost each year and 50 million sustaining injuries in road accident around the globe. According to a 2017 Government of India report, a total of 464,910 road accidents were reported in the country, claiming 147,913 lives and causing injuries to 470,975 persons, which translates into 405 deaths and 1,290 injuries each day from 1,274 accidents. This also means 16 killed and another 53 injured every hour on Indian roads.