21 killed in road accident in central India
At least 21 people were killed in a road crash in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, a news report said, DPA reported
The accident occurred in the western Barwani district when a vehicle collided head on with a truck transporting oil, the PTI news agency reported quoting police sources.
The victims included five women and two children. Four people who were injured were admitted at a local hospital.
The police said the victims were all passengers of the vehicle and were returning after offering prayers at a Hindu shrine.
Government data shows approximately 120,000 people are killed in road crashes each year.
Police blame reckless driving, poorly maintained vehicles and bad roads for a majority of the accidents.