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Colombia bus fire kills 32, injures 18

20 May 2014

On May 18, thirty-one children and one adult were killed in the town of Fundacion in northern Colombia when fuel exploded on a broken-down bus. According to Reuters, the fire started after the driver attempted to start the faulty bus by pouring fuel into the engine which he accessed through the floor of the cabin.

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The driver escaped unharmed and was being questioned by police, while the 18 who escaped were being treated at hospitals near where the incident took place in Magdalena province.

The bus was owned by a private transport company and was used during the week to take children to and from school. The charred bodies of the victims were being identified using dental records.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was said to be travelling to Fundacion to console relatives of the victims.

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