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At least 23 killed in bus-truck collision in India

By Harmeet Singh, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Vehicles collide in Bihar state in eastern India
  • Authorities blame accident on the bus driver's "rash driving"
  • Nearly 138,000 people died in crashes on India's highways in 2008
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Bihar
  • Bus Travel

New Dehli, India (CNN) -- At least 23 passengers were killed when a bus carrying them slammed head-on into a truck in eastern India Saturday, officers said.

The crash occurred at around 7:15 a.m. local time on a highway along a village in Bihar state, according to police.

State police spokesman Neelmani, who uses one name, told CNN that 25 bus passengers were also injured in the wreck.

Authorities blamed the accident on the bus driver, who they said also died.

"It's a case of rash driving," Neelmani said.

Deadly road accidents are common in India. Nearly 138,000 people lost their lives in crashes on the country's national highways in 2008, officials say.

Junior Road Transport Minister Mahadeo Singh Khandela told parliament last month that more than 140,000 deaths in highway crashes were reported in 2006 and 138,922 in 2007.