Ten die in bus fire in Fiji

August 29th, 2008 - 12:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Aug 29 (DPA) Ten people, including a pregnant woman and two of her sons, died when a bus caught fire in Fiji early Friday, according to news reports from the capital Suva.The bus, carrying about 50 members of an extended family to a funeral, was travelling from Suva to Nadi when fire broke out and it crashed off the road after the brakes failed, the independent Fijilive website reported.

Trapped passengers could not get the door open and nearly 40 were reported to have escaped through the windows.

A woman who was seven months pregnant died with her sons aged three and one year, while her elder five-year-old boy escaped.

The woman’s husband was reported to have been travelling separately in the accompanying hearse.

The cause of the fire was not known.

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