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At least four students, all aged about 16, were killed after a truck rammed into the Bolero SUV they were travelling in on the Assam-Bengal National Highway 31 around 6.30 a.m. on Sunday.

Three students died on the spot, while the fourth was rushed to a local hospital, where he was declared brought dead by the doctors, Manikpur Police Station Constable Gautam Das told International Business Times, India.

The local public blocked NH-31 to protest against the accident, the constable added.

In August 2016, at least seven people died and seven others were injured after a truck ran over them while they were sleeping near a divider on the road in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

In another similar incident, seven children were killed after a van hit a train at an unmanned level crossing around in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh in July 2016. Ten to 11 children were injured in the accident, which took place after a van, belonging to Tender Heart Public School, hit a passenger train travelling from Manduadih in Varanasi to Allahabad at an unmanned railway crossing.