Fourteen killed after India truck topples

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At least 14 people died and 23 others were injured when a truck fell into a ditch in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The truck, carrying farm workers, lost control and overturned in Datia district late on Tuesday.

Local police chief RK Maratha told BBC Hindi that the driver was speeding.

Correspondents say that bus crashes are common in India and often caused by poorly maintained vehicles, overloading and reckless driving.

The driver of the truck escaped after the incident, police said.

Last month at least 42 people died after the luxury bus they were travelling in caught fire in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

More than 130,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2011, according to the government's National Crime Records Bureau.

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