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17 die as truck falls into gorge in India

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October 21, 2013 07:59 AM EST | AP


NEW DELHI — NEW DELHI (AP) — Seventeen people returning from a wedding were killed when the truck they were riding in fell into a gorge in northern India, police said Monday.

Police officer Dinesh Pant said 28 others were injured in the accident late Sunday near Kaladungi, a town about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of New Delhi.

The driver lost control of the vehicle after the brakes failed on a mountainous road in Uttarakhand state, Pant said. The driver was among those killed.

The bride and the groom were traveling in another vehicle and were unhurt, he said.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.