Bus catches fire on highway in central China, burnt bodies found

13:23, July 22, 2011      

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Police and firemen searching for victims from a bus fire Friday morning in Xinyang City, central China's Henan Province, have found several burnt bodies, but could not figure out the exact number of people dead.

Six passengers including the bus driver were pulled out alive by rescuers from the fire that happened at 4 a.m. on a section of the Beijing-Zhuhai Highway in Xinyang. They have been sent to hospital.

A police officer told Xinhua that the fire on the bus with 35 sleeper berths was put out at about 6 a.m., but the bodies inside the vehicle were carbonized, and could only be identified through DNA tests.

Investigators have followed the bus driver to the hospital for further information.

Source: Xinhua
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