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.
READ MORE: Traditional healers and modern medicine in Madagascar
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