Dozens killed in India lorry crash

Lorry smashes through protective barrier, killing pilgrims on their way to a shrine.

    Rescuers gather amid the wreckage [AFP]

    The travellers were pilgrims visiting the shrine of Ramdevra, a saint revered by both Hindus and Muslims, in neighbouring Jaisalmer district.
     
    Singh told United News of India (UNI) that 80 bodies had been recovered from the crash site and that "casualties were likely to rise as many people were trapped under the trailer."

    The Press Trust of India (PTI) said more than 130 people were injured in the crash.

    Cranes aided by searchlights were involved in the rescue operation, which UNI said was on a "war footing" and involved ambulances and medical teams from the surrounding area.

    Major accidents are common in India where bad roads and overloaded, ill-maintained vehicles are common.

    The Delhi-based Institute of Road Traffic Education of India says the country accounts for nearly 10 per cent of all fatal accidents worldwide.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.