Deadly bus crashes in China, Germany

Last updated 16:39 19/07/2014
China bus accident
DEADLY COLLISION: The aftermath of a explosion and a fire following a traffic accident in China.

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At least 38 people have died in a collision between a truck loaded with flammable liquid and a passenger bus on a highway in southern China.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the truck rear-ended the bus around 3 am (local time) Saturday on the Hukun Expressway in Hunan province. Five people were also injured in the crash.

Images broadcast on Chinese state television showed both vehicles severely burned and what appeared to be passenger belongings scattered on the road.

Meanwhile, German police say nine people have died and 43 were injured when several buses crashed on a highway near the eastern city of Dresden.

The crash involved a Polish bus, a Ukrainian bus and a Polish minibus, said Dresden police.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Polish bus hit the rear of the Ukrainian bus and then broke through the median barrier, crashing into the oncoming minibus.

Six of those killed were Polish citizens. German public broadcaster MDR reported that most of those who died were in the minibus.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Dresden and Radebeul, police said.

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- AP

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