Truck-bus collision kills 10 in S. India

NEW DELHI, July 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and 23 others injured when a passenger bus collided with a steel laden truck in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police said Saturday.

The accident took place on an overbridge in Vallam town in Thanjavur district, 373 km south of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

"Last evening a truck collied with passenger bus in Thanjavur killing 10 people and injuring 23 others," a police official said, "The steel rods pierced some of the bus passengers."

The state-run passenger bus was carrying around 60 local passengers on an inter-district route.

The deceased include eight passengers and drivers of the two ill-fated vehicles.

"The injured people have been admitted to Thanjavur medical college hospital," health officials said.

Police said they were ascertaining the cause of the accident.

"We are trying to ascertain the actual cause of the accident but preliminary investigations point out at over speeding," police said.

The local government has expressed grief over the accident and announced a monetary relief for killed and injured in the mishap.

Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

India's ministry of road transport in 2015 said 146,133 people were killed and 500,279 others injured in 501,423 road accidents across the country.

Global Road Safety Report 2015 released by WHO last year however said India accounts for more than 200,000 deaths annually due to road accidents.

[ Editor: meng ]


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