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Road Mishap Kills 8 in North India

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.