26 dead, 28 injured as Chinese tour bus catches fire

The tour bus on fire
The tour bus on fire

According to Hunan provincial officials and local police, 26 people were killed and 28 injured after a tour bus caught fire on a highway in central China’s province.

The provincial spokesman’s office said Saturday that five of those injured were in critical condition.

The fire happened at around 7:15pm Friday along a stretch of Hanshou County in the city of Changde. Aboard were 56 people, including 53 passengers, a tour guide and two drivers, both of whom have been detained as authorities investigate the cause of the accident.

Photos from the scene show the 59-seater bus’s interior completely charred, possibly indicating the fire started with materials on board. Industrial and transport safety remain major problems in China.

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