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Trucks loses control, plows into crowd, killing 20 in India

April 21, 2017 GMT
People stand at the site of an accident after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers in Yerpedu, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least a dozen of those killed were electrocuted because the bus first hit an electricity pole causing high-tension wires to fall onto the crowd, police official Jaya Lakshmi said. The farmers were gathered outside the main police station protesting against illegal sand mining in their area. (AP Photo)
People stand at the site of an accident after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers in Yerpedu, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Friday, April 21, 2017. At least a dozen of those killed were electrocuted because the bus first hit an electricity pole causing high-tension wires to fall onto the crowd, police official Jaya Lakshmi said. The farmers were gathered outside the main police station protesting against illegal sand mining in their area. (AP Photo)

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — At least 20 people have been killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers in southern India Friday, officials said.

At least 14 of those killed were electrocuted because the bus first hit an electricity pole causing high-tension wires to fall onto the crowd, police official Jaya Lakshmi said.

The local government has ordered an investigation.

Eyewitnesses on local TV described heart-rending scenes and mangled bodies as the bus first hit a car and the electricity pole before crashing into the crowd.

The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.