Truck, rickshaw collision in southern India kills 16 people

AP News
Posted: May 15, 2016 1:42 AM

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A truck and an overcrowded motorized rickshaw collided in southern India, killing 16 people, half of them from a single family, police said Sunday.

All the victims came from the rickshaw and were on their way to a temple in Adilabad district of Telangana state on Saturday night. The area is 270 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Hyderabad, the state capital, said police officer A. Ramulu.

Another three people were hospitalized. The dead included eight members of a family and were mostly brick kiln workers.

Road accidents are common in India, due mainly to reckless driving, vehicle overcrowding, badly maintained roads and aged vehicles. About 240,000 people die on the road every year.