16 killed, 50 injured as truck overturns in northeast India

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Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:35 AM

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police say at least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a truck taking them to a Sunday church service overturned after hitting a concrete barricade on a highway in India's remote northeast.

Police say some people were flung into a deep gorge in the mountainous area by the impact of the accident. The injured, some in serious condition, were hospitalized.

Arun Kembhavi, a Meghalaya state government administrator, says the driver apparently lost control of the truck at a sharp bend as he was speeding near Nongspung, a small town in the state.

Accidents are common on Indian roads, with most blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.