An overcrowded, speeding bus crashed into a stationary truck in north-eastern India today, killing 23 people and wounding 44 others, police said.
The bus was carrying labourers to work before dawn in the Dhubri district of India’s Assam state, some 185 miles west of the state capital, Gauhati.
“The bus carrying 67 passengers hit a stationary potato-laden truck with great speed, leading to the fatalities,” said Dhubri police chief Parthasarathi Mahanta.
Mr Mahanta said the driver of the bus, which had a capacity of only 35 passengers, lost control and collided with the parked truck, reducing both vehicles to “a mass of mangled steel”.
The injured have been taken to hospitals in the area, he said.
Deadly road accidents are common in India, often caused by ageing vehicles and overloading.