News

Local officials say 26 killed, 28 injured in China bus fire

BEIJING - Local authorities say 26 people have been killed and 28 injured after a tour bus caught fire on a highway in central China’s Hunan province.

The provincial spokesman’s office said Saturday that five of those injured were in critical condition.

The incident occurred at around 7:15 p.m. (1115 GMT) Friday along a stretch of Hanshou County in the city of Changde. Aboard were 56 people, including 53 passengers, a tour guide and two drivers, both of whom have been detained as authorities investigate the cause of the accident. Changde authorities put the number of injured at 30.

Photos from the scene show the 59-seater bus’s interior completely charred, possibly indicating the fire started with materials on board. Industrial and transport safety remain major problems in China.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
RELATED STORIES :
World
BEIJING Local authorities say a long distance bus has smashed into a guardrail in central China, sparking a fire that killed 35 people and injured 20 others. A total of...
World
A paramilitary policeman runs in front of a bus after it was set on fire on a bridge in Yibin, Sichuan province, on Monday. According to Xinhua News Agency, one...
World
Firefighters work at an accident site of a bus fire in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia region, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Li Ran / Xinhua News Agency Published Tuesday, January...
Top Stories
The driver of a crashed tour bus that was heading from Toronto to New York City was trapped for approximately two hours as first responders worked to free him from...
World
Smoke rises from a burning bus on a street in Guiyang, Guizhou province on Thursday, killing 6 people and injuring 35 others. Stringer/Reuters China commuter bus fire leaves 47 dead...