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Patna: Truck driver kills 12 sleeping pilgrims

  • AFP, Patna
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  • Updated: Jul 29, 2014 12:49 IST

A speeding truck driver ran over and killed at least 12 Hindu pilgrims on Tuesday who were sleeping on the side of a busy road in northeastern India, police said.

Four women were among the victims while a further 18 others were injured in the pre-dawn accident on a national highway in the Aurangabad district of Bihar state.

Upendra Kumar Sharma, superintendent of police for Aurangabad, said more than 50 pilgrims were resting up for the night after visiting a temple in neighbouring Jharkhand state when the lorry driver lost control.

"The pilgrims had parked their bus and were sleeping in the open nearby when the speeding vehicle crushed them to death," he told AFP.

 

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