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Dump truck loses control, kills 15 people on roadside in western India
Dump truck loses control and kills 15 people in western India, January 19, 2021. (Twitter)

An out-of-control dumper truck crushed fifteen people to death as they slept by the roadside early Tuesday in western India, authorities said.


The dead included a baby girl, eight women and six men, said police official Usha Rada in the Suraj district of Gujarat state. Six others were injured.


The truck collided with a tractor carrying sugarcane just after midnight at a crossroads.


“The dumper driver... lost control of the vehicle and went off the road, crushing labourers sleeping on the roadside,” deputy police superintendent C M Jadeja said.


Police said that the drivers of both the dumper truck and the tractor have been arrested.


https://twitter.com/PMOIndia/status/1351368862751547399


High-speed vehicles jostling with motorbikes, pedestrians and cyclists combine with poor infrastructure and poorly maintained vehicles to make India’s roads treacherous.


In 2019 more than 150,000 people died , 410 every day or 17 an hour, in almost half a million accidents, according to the government.


On Monday, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Road Safety Month, saying that the government aimed to halve road deaths and accidents by 2025.


source: AFP


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