Truck kills 15 people sleeping by roadsideWorld | 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.