Six persons were killed and 11 others injured when a speeding lorry rammed into a stationary SUV carrying wedding guests in Malda district in the wee hours of Thursday, police said.
The accident occurred at Bakharpur under Kaliachak police station area when the SUV was waiting there by the side of National Highway-34 for other vehicles going to the same destination.
The wedding guests were on their way from Kaliachak to Gajol in the same district to attend a marriage, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.
The SUV fell into a roadside ditch after it was hit by the lorry at around 12.30 am and three of its 17 occupants were killed on the spot.
Two others succumbed in the Malda Medical College and Hospital where all the victims were initially taken.
Rajoria said six of them were later referred to a hospital in Kolkata and one died on the way.
The other injured persons were under treatment at the Malda Medical College and Hospital.
The driver fled with the lorry after the accident but he was later arrested from Gajol, the SP said.
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