11 killed, 27 injured in two road accidents in northern India

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NEW DELHI : At least 11 people were killed and 27 others injured in two separate road accidents in the northern Indian state of Punjab, police said Monday.

The accidents took place in Amritsar and Bathinda districts of the state.

Seven people, including three women, were killed and nine others injured when an rashly driven SUV hit a stationary auto-rickshaw and a car at Umranangal bypass, about 35 km from the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.

According to police, the SUV was being driven rashly and the driver could not see the vehicles parked along the roadside due to a blind curve.

“The SUV dragged the auto-rickshaw and the car several feet away from the spot,” the police official said.

Police officials said the victims were on way to paying their obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar city.

In another accident, four persons were killed and 18 others seriously injured after a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a mini vehicle at Jethuke village in Bathinda district.

The collision was so severe that both vehicles were badly damaged.

“Three persons died on the spot, while one succumbed at the hospital in Rampura Phul,” the police said.

Deadly road accidents are common in India, often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

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