21 killed in Karnataka road accident

Belgaum (Karnataka), Nov 16 : At least 21 people were killed early Saturday when a canter goods vehicle in which they were travelling toppled at a cross on a state highway, police said.

"The accident took place around 5.30 a.m. when the goods vehicle overturned after its driver lost control and hit a roadside kerb at Halki cross while going to Savadatti in Maharashtra from Yadgir district," Police Inspector S.D. Gudnavar told IANS.

Halki is about 30 km from here, while Savadatti is situated on Karnataka- Maharashtra border.

There were 35 people, including women and children, on the ill-fated vehicle, out of which 14 were injured and were taken to a state-run hospital at Murgod, 5 km from the accident spot.

"The passengers were mostly labourers going to Savadatti for work on daily wages from Surupur in Yadgir," Gudnavar said.

Yadgir is about 490km from Bangalore in Karnataka's northeast region.

--IANS (Posted on 16-11-2013)

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