Fifteen people including seven children were killed in south-eastern India when a truck hit an overloaded autorickshaw, police said Sunday.
The accident took place on the outskirts of Bhainsa town in Telengana state around midnight Saturday when the truck loaded with gravel collided head-on with the autorickshaw carrying 18 people, Adilabad district police chief Tarun Joshi said.
Thirteen people died on the spot, and another two died in hospital. The dead included five women and seven children.
Eight of the victims belonged to the same extended family from neighbouring Maharashtra state, Joshi said. Most of them were brick kiln workers.
India's high rate of fatal traffic accidents is mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles or negligent driving.