The accident occurred on Wednesday, Aug 18, evening, when an overcrowded truck skidded off the road and fell into a 200-foot deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh"s Mandi district.
The accident spot is some 175 km from state capital Shimla.
According to the police sources, the victims were mostly from Sudhyani village and were on their way home after attending a ceremony.
Superintendent of Police S M Agnihotri said the bodies would be handed over to the families after conducting post-mortem at the Zonal Hospital in Mandi.
He said one family has lost eight members in the accident.
Witnesses told police that the truck was overcrowded and the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn.