WORLD 6 killed, 10 injured in bus-tank truck collision in India's West Bengal

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6 killed, 10 injured in bus-tank truck collision in India's West Bengal

Xinhua

19:15, November 30, 2019

NEW DELHI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) - At least six people were killed and 10 others injured, some of them critically, Saturday in a deadly head-on collision between a passenger bus and an oil truck tanker in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police said.

The accident took place at Farakka in Murshidabad district, about 289 km north of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

"Early today at around 5:00 a.m. (local time) a bus carrying passengers collided with an oil tank truck here killing six people and injuring 10 others," a police official posted in Murshidabad said. "The dead include drivers of both the vehicles."

Police said the injured were removed to hospital, where condition of some of them was stated to be critical.

"At the time of the accident, the passengers inside the bus were mostly asleep," the official said.

According to police, the impact of the accident pointed out that both the vehicles were being driven rashly.

Rescue officers had to cut the metal sides of the bus to take out the injured and bodies, police said.

Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

Indian government this month released a report saying 151,471 people were killed in road accidents during 2018 across the country. The maximum deaths during road accidents in 2018 as per the report were caused due to overspeeding.

Officials say on an average of over 400 deaths take place every day in India due to road accidents. 

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