Himanshu Doshi, in-charge District SP, said police got an alert about the accident at Kherva village in Dasada taluka at around 5 am on Saturday.
“We got an alert that a car was on fire near Kherva village on Surendrangar-Malvan rural road. By the time our team reached there, the seven persons in the car had already died and their bodies had burnt beyond recognition,” Doshi told The Indian Express.
The SP said that the Eeco car they were travelling was powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and that it caught fire after colliding with the truck.
“The victims were on their way back home after visiting the Chamunda temple at Chotila while the truck was coming towards Surendrangar from Malvan village and the two vehicles collided head-on. After being hit by the truck, the car was pushed off the road and it caught fire,” said Doshi.
The victims were identified as Haresh Nai (35), his wife Sejal (32) and their son Harshil (6) and Ramesh Nai (38), his wife Kailash (35), their son Sunny (12) and daughter Sheetal (8). Police said Kailash is elder sister of Haresh.
Police said the dumper truck was not loaded but its driver fled the spot after abandoning the vehicle post the collision.
“He rang up owner of the truck at 3:20 am to inform him about the accident. So, we are assuming that the accident could have taken place at around 3 am. The truck owner, in turn, alerted police about the accident,” said a police official.