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18 killed in truck-tanker collision in UP

A small truck carrying a wedding party collided head-on with an oil tanker overnight.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 12:05 IST

A small truck carrying a wedding party collided head-on with an oil tanker overnight on a highway in northern India, killing at least 18 people, police said on Wednesday.

The impact of the collision threw the truck into a ditch near Meerut, said Suresh Srivastava, a police spokesman.

The bride and the bridegroom, who were travelling in a separate car, were not injured, he said.

"The truck driver lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with the oil tanker," Srivastava said. "Eleven people died on the spot and seven others succumbed to their injuries in a hospital."

Reckless driving on potholed highways kill thousands of people in India every year.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 12:05 IST