At least 17 children dead in school bus explosion

May 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

GUJRAT, Pakistan, May 25 (UPI) -- At least 17 children were killed and 10 others injured when a gas cylinder on a school van exploded Saturday in northeastern Pakistan, officials said.

The van, carrying 20 to 25 children, caught fire after the cylinder exploded, Dawn News reported.

The driver survived but a teacher was reportedly killed, the BBC reported.

The children, ages 5 to 15, were just a few miles from their school in Gujrat when the compressed natural gas canister exploded.

Police said the fire appeared to have started when the driver of the dual-fuel vehicle switched from compressed natural gas to gasoline.

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