Kolkata: At least nine people were killed and 39 others injured after a mini-truck they were travelling in overturned and skidded into a ditch in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said on Tuesday.

The people were returning to Burdwan from a cremation in Hooghly. "Nine people were killed and 39 were injured, 11 of them critically, when a mini-truck in which they were travelling turned turtle," a police official said.

The accident happened on Monday night when the driver lost control and the mini-struck overturned and tumbled into a ditch near Jamalpur in the district, some 85 km from Kolkata.

The people were returning from a cremation in Hooghly."Of the injured people, 23 have been admitted to the Burdwan Medical College and five to a hospital in Memari. Eleven of the critically injured have been shifted to Kolkata," added the officer.


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