An autorickshaw carrying 10 Chhath devotees collided with a truck, leaving all of them dead, police officials said on Thursday.
While nine died on the spot, the other devotee who had managed to survive the impact died at the hospital, they added.
The accident took place at NH-8 in the Baithakhal area of Karimganj district of Assam.
The dead include three men, five women, and two children. The victims, all residents of Longai Tea Estate in the district, were on their way home after attending Chhath puja.
“Most of the people killed in the accident were children and female. They were returning to their home in an autorickshaw after performing Chhath Puja. The truck, which was coming from the opposite direction collided head-on with the auto-rickshaw. Nine people died on the spot and one person was taken to Patharkandi government hospital in a serious condition where later he died of his injuries,” he added.
The bodies have been sent to Karimganj Civil Hospital for autopsy,” another police official informed.
Eyewitness claimed that the truck driver was speeding and hence could not control the vehicle to avoid a collision with the autorickshaw which was approaching from the opposite side.
“The truck driver fled from the scene after the accident. Our search operation is on to arrest him,” a senior police officer said. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma condoled the deaths and tweeted that the Assam Police was trying to trace the driver of the truck.