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52 dead after two buses and fuel tanker collide on major Afghanistan highway

Injured Afghan men lie in an ambulance after an accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
Injured Afghan men lie in an ambulance after an accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
An injured Afghan man is seen into an ambulance after the accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
An injured man arrives to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
Afghans help an injured man to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing 52 people, officials said.

Another 73 people who had been on the buses were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, said Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province.

Records show the two buses were carrying a total of 125 passengers, Mr Salangi said. "With 73 survivors out of the 125, 52 people are dead," he said.

The collision happened at 7am on Sunday on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar. Mr Salangi said the road had been cleared and reopened by early afternoon.

The buses were travelling one behind the other from Kabul to Kandahar when the accident happened, according to Mohammadullah Ahmadi, director of the provincial traffic department. He blamed the crash on reckless driving.

He said local residents helped firefighters and first responders pull survivors from the wreckage.

An injured Afghan man is seen into an ambulance after the accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
An injured Afghan man is seen into an ambulance after the accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)

Road accidents are common in Afghanistan, where roads are often in poor condition and traffic laws are rarely enforced.

An injured man arrives to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
An injured man arrives to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
Afghans help an injured man to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
Afghans help an injured man to a hospital after two buses collided with a fuel tanker on a highway in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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