Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Afghan Official: 52 Dead after Buses Collide with Tanker

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Afghan Official: 52 Dead after Buses Collide with Tanker

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KABUL, Afghanistan * Two buses and a fuel tanker collided Sunday on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing 52 people, officials said.

An additional 73 people who had been on the buses were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, said Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province.

Records show the two buses were carrying a total of 125 passengers, Salangi said. "With 73 survivors out of the 125, 52 people are dead," he said, adding that the survivors had been transferred to hospitals.

The collision happened at 7 a.m. on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar. Salangi said the road had been cleared and reopened early afternoon. …

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