Road accident kills 13 villagers

2012-07-22 09:25
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Lucknow - Police say a truck burst a tyre and crashed into a group of villagers in northern India, killing 13 people and seriously injuring three others.

Police officer Manoj Chauhan says the driver lost control of the vehicle and was among the injured.

Chauhan says the accident occurred on Saturday night as the villagers were returning from their farms in Etawah, a town 250km southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. The injured have been hospitalised.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110 000 people killed every year. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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