Truck hits power line in India, 11 killed

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Eleven people have been electrocuted when their truck, decorated as a temple chariot, touched an overhead power line during a Hindu festival procession in southern India.

The New Delhi Television channel said the electrical spark on Wednesday also set fire to the truck, which was crowded with devotees.

The 11 people died and three others suffered burns and were taken to hospital in Thanjavur, a city in Tamil Nadu state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The temple chariot procession in Thanjavur, 340 kilometres south of Chennai, the state capital, was organised by a local Hindu temple.

Other details were not immediately available.

Thanjavur is an important centre of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. The area is known for its old temples.

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