AHMADABAD, India - A cargo truck carrying workers and their families overturned on a slippery road Thursday after overnight rains in western India, killing 24 people and injuring another 17, police said.
The workers had hitched a ride aboard the truck while it was hauling salt to Madhya Pradesh state, police officer Bharat Bhai said.
The dead included 12 children and six women, Bhai said.
The accident occurred near the automobile manufacturing hub of Sanand, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Ahmadabad, Gujarat state's main city, Bhai told The Associated Press.
The 17 injured were hospitalized, 11 of them in serious condition, he said. Police earlier said that 25 people were injured in the accident.
Road accidents are common in India due to negligence, bad roads and aging vehicles.