16 die as speed­ing tourist bus over­turns in In­dia

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Po­lice say at least 16 peo­ple were killed when a speed­ing tourist bus over­turned af­ter hit­ting a concrete road di­vider in north­ern In­dia. Po­lice of­fi­cer Ajay Shanker Rai says an­other 17 peo­ple were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day near Main­puri, a town in Ut­tar Pradesh state. The in­jured have been hos­pi­tal­ized with three of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Rai says the bus over­turned as the driver lost con­trol at a sharp bend. The oc­cu­pants were re­turn­ing to their home­town of Far­rukhabad af­ter vis­it­ing Jaipur, a city known for forts, mu­se­ums and gar­dens in western Ra­jasthan state. 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 ag­ing ve­hi­cles.

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