Dozens killed in China bus fire
June 26, Beijing: At least 35 people have been killed and 11 injured after a bus crashed and caught fire in China's central province of Hunan, local media reports said.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that the bus burst into flames after crashing into a barrier along a highway on Sunday morning in Hunan province's Yizhang County.
Two children were among those killed, while four of the 11 people taken to hospital were seriously injured, Xinhua said, adding that the driver of the bus, which carried 55 people, had been detained.
Earlier reports had said that 21 people were hospitalised.
Local officials believe that an oil leak caused by the bus crashing into a roadside guard rail may have caused the fire, the media reports said.
The cause of the crash remained unclear.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), traffic accidents are common in China, with more than 250,000 people dying each year on the country's roads.
The Oslo Times International News Network