Truck kills 15 people sleeping by roadside

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 20 Jan 2021

An out-of-control dumper truck crushed 15 people to death as they slept by the roadside in western India yesterday.

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

The truck collided with a tractor carrying sugarcane at a crossroads. Both drivers were arrested.

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, the government said. A road safety campaign began on Monday, aiming to halve road deaths and accidents by 2025.

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