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Bus inferno kills 42 in China

XIAMEN CITY(CHINA),At least 42 people have been killed and more than two dozens injured after an overcrowded express bus burst into flames on an elevated roadway in southeastern China.

The blaze occurred during the evening rush hour in the prosperous port city of Xiamen in Fujian Province on Friday.
“Forty-two people died and 33 others were injured after a bus burst into flames on an elevated bus lane in Xiamen City,” Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.
The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
The fire, whose cause is under investigation, brought the entire Bus Rapid Transit system to a halt.
Automotive accidents are common on China’s congested roads.
In August 2012, at least 36 people died when a double-decker sleeper bus slammed into the rear of a methanol tanker.

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