Fourteen people died and 23 others were injured when the truck they were riding in turned over in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, officials said Wednesday.
The accident occurred Tuesday night on the highway between Datia and Jhansi as a result of speeding and the disrepair of the highway, according to a police source cited in The Times of India.
The fatalities were immigrant laborers who had gone to work in Datia and were returning to their homes in the Tikkamgarh district. Ten of them were killed immediately, while the other four died en route to a hospital.
The truck was overcrowded with 40 passengers and sacks of grain, according to police, still hunting for the truckdriver who fled after the accident.
With some 125,000 deaths per year in traffic accidents, India is the country with the largest number of fatalities on the highways, according to a report published in 2011 by the World Health Organization.
Most accidents in India are caused by reckless driving, the poor state of the roads and insufficient signals and signposting. EFE