updated 5/29/2008 9:17:58 AM ET 2008-05-29T13:17:58

Indian police say a truck ferrying people to a wedding has plunged into a river in southern India, killing at least 39 people.

Senior police officer Sharath Chandra said the truck was carrying 70 people over a bridge. The driver lost control while trying to some avoid electrical wires on the road.

Chandra said 39 bodies have been recovered and rescue efforts were ongoing.

Trucks are often used to transport people in rural India.

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