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38 killed in India truck crash

A road accident in northern India has left 38 people dead and 37 others injured after a truck crowded with people returning from a party swerved off a mountain road into a gorge, police have said.

Officers and villagers helped pull out the injured and take them to hospitals after the crash and emergency workers used ropes and pulleys to retrieve the truck, according to Roop Chand, a police officer in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

Doctors have described the condition of at least eight people as critical after Tuesday's crash, Mr Chand said.

Mandi, in the Himalayan foothills, is about 250 miles north of New Delhi.

Public transport services are poor in many rural areas in India and people often use trucks to travel long distances.

More than 110,000 people die annually in road accidents in India, according to police figures. Badly-maintained roads, overcrowding and ageing vehicles cause the majority of the crashes.

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