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At least 35 people killed in bus fire in China

At least 35 people have been killed in a fire on a bus in China’s Hunan province. The vehicle carrying 56 people crashed into a barrier along a highway in Yizhang County and burst into flames, Xinhua reported, adding that an oil leak may have caused the fire, according to local authorities. Twenty-one people have been rushed to hospital.

The bus driver has been arrested. The cause of the accident is unclear. Poorly maintained vehicles and exhausted drivers are often blamed for road accidents in China.

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