By Sunrita Sen
New Delhi (dpa) – The death toll in a road crash in the northern
Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh has risen to 40, police said
Twenty-one women and seven children were among those killed on
Wednesday when the truck in which they were travelling plunged into a
gorge near Mandi town, about 150 kilometres north-west of state
capital Shimla, an official at the police control room in Mandi said.
Most of the victims hailed from Sudhyani village and were
returning home after attending a feast at a nearby village when the
truck plunged into the 60-metre gorge, police superintendent Sonal
Several people were injured and three succumbed to their injuries
on Thursday, Agnihotri said, adding that said one family had lost
eight members in the accident.
Trucks used for transporting goods are prohibited from carrying
people but are often used to carry passengers to religious and
The truck had been fitted with wooden slats to accommodate more
passengers in a second deck, IANS news agency reported.
Deadly road accidents in India’s highlands are often caused by
overloading, poor roads and reckless driving.
About 120,000 people are killed annually in road accidents,
according to government data.