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8 dead in Indian truck crash

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A truck crashed on its side in western India
  • At least 8 people were killed and 19 injured in the crash
  • Family was returning from a trip to a Hindu Temple
  • Authorities suspect the driver lost control

New Delhi, India(CNN) -- At least eight people were killed when a truck carrying them crashed on its side in western India Sunday, police said.

About 19 others were injured in the wreck at Rajasthan state's Sikar district, according to officers.

District police chief Vikas Kumar told CNN that all passengers were returning from a family trip to a Hindu temple when the accident occurred.

Authorities suspect the truck driver lost control of the vehicle.

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.

Authorities recorded more than 140,000 deaths in highway accidents in 2006 and 138,922 in 2007.