20 reported dead in German bus accident

20 reported dead in German bus accident
# 05 November 2008 09:03 (UTC +04:00)
Hannover –APA. A German tour bus caught fire on an autobahn near the northern city of Hannover on Tuesday night, killing 20 people after a passenger reportedly sneaked a cigarette, police said.

Survivors told authorities the fire broke out in the bathroom of the bus as it drove down the A2 highway after a person apparently smoked a cigarette there. When the door was opened, flames shot out and quickly engulfed the bus.
In addition to the deaths, thirteen people were injured in the blaze, including three with serious burns.
It was large scale road accident occurred in Germany over the past 16 years. Accident occurred in southwest Germany killed 21 in 1992.
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