Dozens killed in Kazakhstan bus crash

Dozens killed in Kazakhstan bus crash

Dozens killed in Kazakhstan bus crash

There were 55 passengers and 2 drivers in the Ikarus passenger bus. Only 5 people managed to flee the fire.

The incident took place at 10.30 am local time in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region, reported BBC. The five who escaped are being treated for their injuries. Rescue operations are on.

A picture provided by the Kazakh emergency situations ministry shows the burning bus on a road in the Aktobe region.

The bus was travelling from southern Kazakhstan to Russia's Kazan, Kazakh officials said.

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Fifty-two people were killed in a passenger bus fire on Thursday in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

"It includes representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Emergency Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Healthcare, and other agencies", the Uzbek Emergency Ministry said. "Another 52 people died on the spot", he said. "It's too early to talk about the reasons for the fire; it just happened this morning", Sakulov told ABC News.

Kazakhstan's emergency services ministry set up a hotline for victims' relatives. Footage of the fire showed black smoke and flames billowing from the vehicle that was completely charred.

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