32 killed in road mishap in India
At least 32 people were killed and 13 injured Thursday when a truck skidded off road into a gorge in eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, according to the Indo-Asian News Service, Xinhua reported.
The accident occurred when the driver of the truck, carrying 45 laborers, lost control of the vehicle, which hit a tree and skidded off the road into the gorge near Bhagwan Ghati in the district of Garwah, around 140 km from the state capital of Ranchi.
Rescue operations are underway while the injured have been admitted to a local hospital, the report said quoting police sources.
The laborers were returning to their villages in Garwah after working in the fields in neighboring Bihar state.
The district administration has announced 10,000 rupees (200 U. S. dollars) compensation to the families of each of those killed.
Road mishap in India is among the highest in the world, with some 100,000 killed each year, according to official estimates.