Deadly bus explosion in Colombia

Last updated 16:31 19/05/2014
colombia bus
Reuters

CHARRED: The remains of the bus which exploded on the way back from a church event in Fundacion, Colombia.

Relevant offers

Americas

Shot St Louis teen's autopsy report leaked Four dead babies found in locker in Canada Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies Lewinsky was 'patient zero' Autopsy show Brown shot in hand Isis intercepts US arms drop to Kurds 'Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend' Suspect 'radicalised' in Canadian hit-and-run attack Americans worried more by economy than Ebola Indiana suspect who may have killed for decades

Thirty-one children and one adult were killed in Colombia when fuel exploded on a broken-down bus returning from a church event, an emergency response coordinator said.

The charred bodies of victims were being identified using dental records in Barranquilla, the nearest city to Fundacion town where the accident happened on Sunday (local time), said Major Eduardo Velez, coordinator of Magdalena province’s emergency response corps.

Eighteen people managed to escape and were being treated at hospitals in the region.

‘‘There was a canister of gasoline inside the vehicle. The fire spread very fast,’’ Velez told Reuters.

He said 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.

The driver escaped unharmed and was being questioned by police, he said.

The bus was owned by a private transport company and was used during the week to took children to and from school.

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

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content