Tuesday 17 January 2017

15 wedding guests killed as buses collide in India

Published 17/10/2015 | 09:41

All 15 who were killed were occupants of the minibus
All 15 who were killed were occupants of the minibus

At least 15 people heading to a wedding were killed when a minibus they were travelling in collided with another bus in southern India.

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Ten others were injured in the head-on collision that occurred when the wedding guests were travelling to Malakonda town in Andhra Pradesh state, said police Superintendent C Srikant.

Both vehicles were speeding when the accident occurred, police said. The minibus was carrying around 45 wedding guests, while the other vehicle had four people in it.

"Both the vehicles were travelling at high speed when they collided head-on and fell into a ditch," Supt Srikant said.

All 15 who were killed were occupants of the minibus, and most were women and children, he said.

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

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