Sri Lanka: 20 dead, 58 injured in road accident

April 10, 2007 09:45


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A passenger bus collided with a beer delivery truck and burst into flames Tuesday in southern Sri Lanka, killing at least 20 people and injuring 58, a police official said. The state-run bus was traveling from the southern city of Galle to the capital, Colombo, when it collided with the truck, which was traveling in the opposite direction, near the tourist town of Induruwa, local police chief Jayantha Gamage said. No foreign tourists were among the victims. Among the dead were eight women and one 5-year-old child, Gamage said. A total of 58 people were injured, and 22 of them needed hospitalization, he said. It was not immediately clear if all the casualties were aboard the bus, or whether the drivers of the two vehicles were among the victims, Gamage said. "The collision started a fire and most of the bodies are charred beyond recognition," Gamage said.

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