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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Ten killed as bus, truck collide in Assam

At least 10 people are killed when the bus they were traveling collided head-on with a truck in Assam, says the police.

india Updated: May 05, 2008 13:08 IST
Biswajyoti Das
Biswajyoti Das

At least 10 people were killed when the bus they were traveling collided head-on with a truck early on Monday in India's northeastern state of Assam, police said.

Around 40 people from a marriage party were traveling on the bus when the accident took place in Lakhimpur district, about 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the state capital Dispur.

"Ten bodies recovered from the bus have been identified," a police officer told Reuters by telephone from North Lakhimpur, a town close to the site of the crash.

Around 28 injured people have been taken to hospital, and 10 are in serious condition.

The bus was on its way from the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Police blame poor road conditions and reckless driving by untrained drivers for frequent accidents across the region.

Officials in the transport department say there were nearly 5,000 major road accidents in Assam last year, killing around 1,600 people.