At least 17 dead in India bus, van crash

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A bus carrying migrant workers after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has hit a delivery van on a highway in northern India, killing at least 17 people and injuring 18.

The bus overturned on Tuesday night after colliding with the van coming from the opposite direction near Kanpur, a city 80 kilometres southwest of Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital.

The migrant workers were heading to Ahmedabad, a city in western Gujarat state, to resume work with industries reopening after the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The van was transporting workers home from a biscuits manufacturing unit and most of the dead were among them.

Sixteen people were killed at the scene and one died in a hospital where the injured were being treated.

"The passengers complained that the bus driver was going very fast," police officer Mohit Agarwal said.

More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India, according to police.

Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and ageing vehicles.

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