Evangelical Christians in India are in mourning following a fatal traffic accident in which 16 Christians were killed and over 50 injured.
A truck carrying a group of Christians was overturned at around 8.30am on February 26, in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, northern India, according to BosNewsLife.
'The truck carrying the Christians reportedly overturned after the driver lost control and hit a concrete railing, throwing most of the passengers in a deep gorge,' said Vijayesh Lal, general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).
The incident saw 12 passengers reportedly killed at the scene, while four others died of their injuries at the hospital. Nine of those killed were women, including one 13-year old girl. Over 50 others were injured, including the driver. Police are reportedly investigating the cause of the accident.
The truck had been taking the assembly to an annual gathering of the regional Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod.
'The EFI community conveys its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the bereaved families. It has also offered to assist in the treatment of those with serious injuries and requests that prayers be mobilized for the families of the deceased and for the complete recovery of the injured,' Lal said.
'May the peace that proceeds from the God of all comfort be our portion at this time, even as we collectively grieve the loss of our sisters and brothers in Christ.'