At least 22 people including nine women and five children have been killed on Saturday when a mini-truck in which they were travelling overturned on a potholed road near Belgaum in western India. The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m, police said.
The victims were farm workers travelling to help harvest sugar cane. They were travelling in a transport vehicle (which is) illegal as they can't afford to pay for the costly bus tariff.
The driver was drowsy and was driving fast when the vehicle hit the kerb and skidded off the road before overturning on the wayside, one of the victims, who survived with injuries, told police.
Police have registered a case against the driver and the vehicle's owner under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash and negligent driving resulting in deaths.