Bus Crash in India Kills 11 Hindu Pilgrims

A truck carrying Hindu pilgrims overturned on a northern Indian highway, killing 11 of them and injuring 20, police said Wednesday.

The driver, who was among the dead, apparently lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn on Tuesday night and hit a wall by the roadside, state police spokesman Surendra Shrivastava said.

The injured were hospitalized, 12 of them in serious condition, in Hathras, a town nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, Shrivastava told The Associated Press.

The devotees were going to the Ganges River to collect water that was to be used for worshipping the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration, Shiva, during a festival Thursday, he said.