21 killed in road crashes in India
( dpa )- At least 21 people were killed in two deadly road crashes involving trucks in India's northern and southern regions, news agency reports said Sunday.
The accidents occurred in the northern Uttar Pradesh and southern Karnataka state since Saturday night.
Police said 11 passengers were killed in a collision between two trucks in Hapur city in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday, the IANS news agency reported.
While six people died at the scene in the city, 70 kilometres east of Indian capital New Delhi, five succumbed to the injuries at a local hospital.
In another accident, 10 workers were killed when the stone-laden lorry they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a stream near northern Bijapur city in Karnataka on Saturday night, the PTI news agency reported.
Most of the victims died as the stones fell on them when the vehicle skidded off the road, police officials said, adding they were investigating how the accident occurred.
India has one of the worst road-safety records in the world and registers the highest number of road fatalities after China.
According to the International Road Federation, a leading body for the road industry worldwide, more than 95,000 lives are lost every year in India in road crashes.
The worldwide annual figure for fatalities on the road stands at 10.2 million. Poorly maintained roads and vehicles, lack of road safety measures and violations of traffic rules are blamed for India's rash of accidents.