Bastar: At least nine people died and seven others were injured in a road accident in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, Bastar IG P Sundarraj told news agency ANI. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon near Borgaon in Kondagaon Tehsil of Bastar.Also Read - MNS Chief Raj Thackeray Tests Positive For COVID-19; Admitted to Lilavati Hospital

According to reports, a total of 16 people were in an autorickshaw when it collided with an SUV on National Highway 30. The driver of the SUV, a Scorpio, immediately fled the scene leaving the car behind. Also Read - Major Road Accident in Bahadurgarh: 8 Of Family Killed After Speeding Truck Rams Into Car In Haryana

The accident occurred near Borgaon turn under the Farasgaon police station limits, over 200 km away from Raipur, when the occupants of the autorickshaw were returning to their native place Pandeaath after attending a funeral in Godma village, an official said. The SUV was heading towards Jagdalpur. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 3 Policemen Dead, Many Injured During Islamists Rally in Pakistan

The police rushed to the spot and immediately referred them to nearby Farasgaon hospital. The injured were then transferred to a hospital in Raipur for better treatment.

Seven occupants in the autorickshaw, including the driver, were killed on the spot. One more person died at the Farasgaon hospital while another succumbed to injuries while being shifted to Raipur, the police said.

“All the victims belonged to the same family. Their bodies were shifted to the hospital for postmortem,” the official added. Efforts are on to trace absconding occupants of the SUV, he said.