India bus crash kills 10 in Maharashtra

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At least 10 people have been killed after the bus they were travelling in overturned in India's western state of Maharashtra, media reports say.

The bus was travelling on a road connecting Pune and Satara when it was hit from behind by a container truck and rolled, the reports said.

Thirty people were injured in the accident.

Bus crashes are common in India and often caused by poorly maintained vehicles, overloading and bad driving.

Last week eight people died after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in Maharashtra.

The bus was travelling from Pune city in Maharashtra to Ahmedabad in Gujarat state when it collided with a truck on a highway. Fourteen people were injured in the accident.

Last October at least 42 people died after the luxury bus they were travelling in caught fire in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Police say a collision with a culvert ignited the fuel tank of the vehicle.

Nearly 140,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2012, according to the government's National Crime Records Bureau.

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