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17 dead as truck over turns in Maharashtra

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PUNE — AT least 17 persons including children were killed and 15 others injured when a speeding truck overturned in western Maharashtra’s Satara district in the early Tuesday morning, local police said.

The accident took place when a truck travelling from Bijapur, Karnataka to Shirwal near Pune veered off the road and crashed near Khambatki tunnel in Satara.

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The driver apparently lost control over the wheels at an accident-prone stop near Khambatki ghat.

The truck was carrying construction labourers from Bijapur district in Karnataka, was going towards Pune, police said.

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17 dead after duck boat capsizes in Missouri

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MISSOURI — At least 17 people, including nine people from the same family, have been killed after an amphibious tour boat carrying 31 people capsized on Table Rock Lake near Branson town in Missouri, USA.

The ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat tipped over when strong winds and large waves swept through the area, as a result killing the driver as well, media reported.

Authorities, in their initial assessment, blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength.

Rescue authorities fished out the bodies from the lake and the age range of the deceased varies from one year to 70 years.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Branson at around 6:30 p.m on (Friday local time), about 30 minutes before the boat capsized.

There were several reports of trees falling down and structural damage, with winds reaching a high of 63 mph.

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Missouri Governor Michael Parson said that nine members of a family were killed in the tragedy. He also met with first responders, survivors and the victims of the families killed in the mishap.

He stated that there was a forecast of severe storms for southeast Missouri on Friday, while also issuing a warning to residents to take preventive actions and follow weather bulletin reports.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said that the boat was at the bottom of the lake and is likely to be recovered by Monday.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to those killed in the tragedy.

He tweeted, “My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!”

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