All 16 occupants of two jeeps returning from a wedding were killed in a head-on collision with a speeding truck on a highway in eastern India, police have said.

The victims in the jeeps were returning home early on Tuesday after attending a wedding at Sahapur, a village nearly 400km (250 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state, police officer Kalyan Mukhopadhyay said.

He said 13 people died on the spot and three others died later in a hospital. The police have arrested the truck driver.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

Source: AP