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Bus, auto-rickshaw collision in west India kills at least 27

January 29, 2020 GMT
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CORRECTS DATE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2020 photo, a man walks past the wrangled remains of a bus after an accident in Nashik, India. More than 25 people were killed when the speeding passenger bus collided with an auto-rickshaw late Tuesday in western Maharashtra state, police said. The collision happened on Malegaon-Deola road in Nashik district and caused the vehicles to fall into a roadside well, said senior police officer Vasudev Desale. (National Disaster Response Force via AP)
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CORRECTS DATE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2020 photo, a man walks past the wrangled remains of a bus after an accident in Nashik, India. More than 25 people were killed when the speeding passenger bus collided with an auto-rickshaw late Tuesday in western Maharashtra state, police said. The collision happened on Malegaon-Deola road in Nashik district and caused the vehicles to fall into a roadside well, said senior police officer Vasudev Desale. (National Disaster Response Force via AP)

NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding bus and auto-rickshaw collided in western India, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens more, police said Wednesday.

Both vehicles fell into a roadside well after the crash late Tuesday in Maharashtra state.

Rescuers pulled at least 33 injured passengers and took them to hospitals for treatment, senior police officer Vasudev Desale said.

News agency Press Trust of India reported a 7-year-old girl was among the dead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences on the deaths and hopes for speedy recovery of the injured.

Deadly bus accidents are common in India. Around 150,000 people die every year on India’s roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and vehicles overcrowded with passengers.