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42 die in China bus fire horror

More than 40 people died when an express bus burst into flames on an elevated road in south-eastern China.

The blaze occurred during the evening rush hour yesterday in the port city of Xiamen, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

At least 42 people died and 33 were injured.

A local fire official said bodies were piled up inside the bus. He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

Operations of the express bus system, known as Bus Rapid Transit, were suspended after the accident. A survivor said she smelled petrol and then saw a fire spreading rapidly.

Witnesses reportedly heard sounds of explosions after the fire had been burning for about 10 minutes.

Xiamen's BRT system covers more than 80 kilometres and carries more than 250,000 people each day.


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