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Afghanistan bus-tanker collision kills 50

14 September 2012

At least 50 people were killed and six injured on September 14 after a bus and a fuel tanker collided in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, officials said. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames after the collision and reports say many victims were too badly burned to be identified. The crash took place in the Abband district on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

The incident happened in the Spin Band area of Ab Band district of Ghazni province
The incident happened in the Spin Band area of Ab Band district of Ghazni province

Road accidents in Afghanistan are common, often blamed on bad roads, unsafe vehicles and poor driving. Roadside mines are also found along a number of Afghan roads but in this instance, police have ruled out the possibility that either vehicle hit a mine.

One police official said that both vehicles were driving at a very high speed.

Ghazni lies on the main Afghan supply route for Nato supplies.


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