India: At Least 25 Migrant Workers Killed in Truck Crash

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At least 25 migrant workers were killed Saturday when a truck they were packed into hit another vehicle in northern India during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, officials said.

The pre-dawn accident in Uttar Pradesh state was the latest involving some of the millions of migrants left stranded and jobless by the seven-week shutdown.

Scores have died in road and rail accidents and even from exhaustion walking home.

The vehicle carrying about 40 men, women and children struck another truck also carrying laborers and their families that was parked at a roadside cafe in Auraiya district, local magistrate Abishek Singh said.

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The dead were all men, but women and children were among about 30 injured, Singh said. He said the driver of the truck was suspected to have fallen asleep.

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