As many as eight people, including four members of a family, died and a couple of others were injured in a road accident in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, confirmed the local police.
The mishap occurred in the Phulpur area of the state on the Varanasi-Lucknow highway when a passenger’s vehicle collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction.
One nine-year-old boy who was severely injured in the accident was admitted to a local hospital. He was said to be in a critical condition.
According to official figures, nearly 150,000 people die in road accidents in India every year, which translates to nearly 17 such deaths every hour.