Dharwad: In a tragic accident 13 persons died after the tempo they were travelling in collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction on Hubballi-Dharwad bypass road in North Karnataka on Friday morning.

The 13 women passengers identified by the police are Praveena, Poornima, Preethi Ravikumar,Manasi, Paramjyoti, Rajeswari Sivakumar, Shakuntala,Usha, Veda, Nirmala, Manjula, and Ranjini Srinivas. Five injured have been shifted to a local hospital. According to police, all of them hailed from Davangere district and they were on their way to attend a family function in Goa.

“The tempo had left Davengere at around 3 am in the morning when it reached near Ittigatti cross located about 8 km from Dharwad city at around 7 am the tempo collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction,” Dharwad Rural Police said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office tweeted on Friday and said, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka’s Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured.”

An accident case has been registered and further investigation is on, said police officials.