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Madagascar: Truck crash kills 47, including newly-weds

At least 47 people die and 22 suffer injuries in road accident outside the town of Anjozorobe near Madagascar's capital.

At least 47 people, including 10 children and a newly-wed couple, have been killed in a traffic accident north of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, according to police.

The incident took place early on Saturday when a truck carrying wedding guests swerved off the road and plunged into a river outside the town of Anjozorobe.

Police spokesperson Herilala Andrianatisaona told AFP news agency on Sunday that at least 22 people were also injured in the accident. 

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The police have blamed the driver for carrying too many passengers on a truck that is only meant to transport goods.

"According to our hypothesis, the truck driver, cognisant of the offence he was committing, which was transporting too many passengers in a vehicle meant for carrying goods, drove fast to escape traffic police checks," Andrianatisaona said.

"The driver lost control of his vehicle after having negotiated a wrong turn and ended up in the Mananara river," he said.

The truck was reportedly transporting guests who were celebrating a wedding a day earlier.

The island nation off the southeast coast of Africa has a population of about 24 million people.

Source: News agencies