Tuesday, August 2, 2011

23 people die in two road accidents in India

At least 23 people were killed Wednesday in two accidents in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India when vehicles traveling in fell into two rivers in the region, police said. The most serious accidents occurred in Raisen district, when a bus en route from Bhopal, the state capital to Jabalpur Barna fell into the river, 45 kilometers east of Bhopal, which killed at least 16 its 60 passengers.

"So far 16 bodies have been recovered dead and 21 wounded were taken to a hospital for treatment," said the agency IANS India Chief of Police of Raisen, IP Kulshreshtra. At least seven people, four of them minors, were killed in another accident after a truck with 25 passengers to rush into a river in the district of Morena, 465 km north of Bhopal.

"A group of farmers headed to a temple when their vehicle fell into the River Soan. Seven of the occupants were killed and their bodies have been recovered," he told IANS the superintendent of District Police, Sanjay Kumar. A report released last month by the World Health Organization  revealed 125,000 people die annually in road indiasque, which makes them the world's deadliest.

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