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7 killed, 30 injured in road accidents in India

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- At least seven people, all members of the same family, were killed and three others were injured in a road mishap in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.

The mishap happened when a jeep in which the victims were traveling collided head-on with a truck in the state's Gaurabadshahpur area late Tuesday night. While seven people died on the spot, three others injured have been admitted to a local hospital.

In another incident, at least 27 people were injured, including four seriously, in a rail mishap in the eastern Indian state of Orissa in the wee hours Wednesday, said police.

The mishap happened when the express train in which the victims were traveling rammed into a coal-laden luggage train which derailed and tilted on its tracks near the Sikir Railway Station in the state's Bolangir district.

Road accident rate in India is among the highest in the world, with at least 100,000 people killed each year.

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