17 killed in India Hindu pilgrim truck crash


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The Independent Online

A speeding truck carrying pilgrims crashed head-on into a bus in northern India today, killing 17 people, police said.

The Hindu pilgrims were returning home after bathing in the Ganges River when the crash occurred, said spokesman Surendra Srivastava. At least 20 others were injured.

Police say the crash was probably caused by reckless driving, and that the drivers of both vehicles involved were speeding when the collision took place in Uttar Pradesh state.

Road accidents are common in India. Reckless driving, bad roads and poorly maintained vehicles are often blamed for the accidents.