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26 die in China tour bus fire

| Updated: March 24, 2019 16:28:54

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Twenty six people were killed after a tour bus in which they were travelling caught fire in central China’s Hunan Province on Friday, local authorities said.

The 28 injured in the incident were rushed to three local hospitals for treatment.

Among them, the condition of five was stated to be critical, Xinhua news agency quoted local officials as saying.

The accident occurred on Friday evening when the 59-seater bus from neighbouring Henan province suddenly caught fire on a highway in Hanshou County in the city of Changde.

The bus had 53 passengers, two drivers and a tour guide at the time of the incident.

The two drivers were detained and an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, PTI reported citing Xinhua.

The incident came a day after 64 people lost their lives while 640 were injured in a powerful explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China.

The blast occurred on Thursday following a fire in a fertiliser factory in a chemical industrial park in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, according to the government of Xiangshui county.

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