Nearly 40 people were killed in two separate accidents on Saturday in latest deadly crashes in India which has some of the world’s most dangerous roads, said Indian officials.
A van carrying twenty-two people returning from the famous Tirupati-Tirumala temple lost control on a bridge and plunged into river in southeastern Andhra Pradesh state.
"The vehicle hit a railing, which broke under the impact of the collision, and fell off the bridge," Arun Kumar, a senior state official, said to Press Trust of India (PTI).
"It's purely (a case of) negligent and rash driving. It was not a vulnerable point of the road and neither was there any traffic," he said.
Another seventeen people were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and two tractors carrying dozens, including five children, in southern Uttar Pradesh state.
The collision also left 30 others injured and caused public anger among local residents, as traffic accidents continue to claim more lives in the country, a result of poor conditions on the roads.
The World Health Organization said India has some of the world’s most dangerous roads which have very poor conditions and traffic accidents claim more than 200.000 lives annually.