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Bus accident kills 34 in northern India

A head-on collision between a bus and a van that was carrying mourners returning from a funeral has killed 34 people near Badaun, in Uttar Pradesh state.

LUCKNOW , India // Police say a head-on collision between a bus and a van that was carrying mourners returning from a funeral killed 34 people in northern India.

State police official D.Y.S. Chauhan says another 14 people in the two vehicles were injured in the accident on Saturday near Badaun, a town in Uttar Pradesh state.

The bus driver was among those killed.

Chauhan said Sunday that the van's driver lost control of the vehicle as it went through a mound of sand. It then crashed into the bus.

Badaun is 280 kilometres southwest of Lucknow, the state capital.

More than 110,000 people die annually in India in road accidents caused by speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance, according to police.