Bus fire in China kills 41, 6 injured

July 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM

XINYANG CITY, China, July 22 (UPI) -- Fire in a double-deck sleeper bus Friday killed 41 people and injured six others, one critically, in China's Xinyang City, officials said.

It was China's deadliest bus accident in years, said Zhang Guohui, head of the Henan Provincial Work Safety Administration.

Xinhua, China's official state news agency, said 47 people were on the 35-person bus when it caught fire on the Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway about 4 a.m.

The victims were burned beyond recognition and their identities will be determined through DNA testing, the report said.

Officials were trying to find out what caused the fire.

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