The toll in Meghalaya road mishap has gone up to seventeen with the report of one more person in the hospital where 40 others are battling to survive at the hospital.
The mishap took place in the morning near Nongspung village on West Khasi village when a truck carrying around 80 people to a church rammed into the boundary of a concrete bridge after the driver lost control over his vehicle.
The churchgoers, mostly, fell into the deep gorge where 13 people died on the spot. Local residents in large number came out and rushed the injured people to the hospitals with the help of police.
Four others succumbed to their injuries in the hospital while 40 others have been undergoing treatment. The condition of five injured people is said to be critical.
Local residents have blamed it all on the rash driving for the mishap while the district authority has ordered an enquiry into the accident where the driver also sustained grave injury.