16 killed in Guatemala bus fire

November 10th, 2008 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Guatemala City, Nov 10 (IANS) At least 16 people were burnt to death when the bus they were travelling in caught fire on a highway in the country side, EFE reported quoting the police.The incident occurred Sunday morning 140 km east of the capital in a rural area, according to Gerardo Lorenti, an official of the nearest town of La Fragua.

Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said 16 bodies have been sent to forensic laboratory, adding that the toll in Sunday’s accident could be more as emergency operation teams were still on the job.

The bodies were so badly disfigured that authorities were unable to determine the gender or age of the killed. “The bodies were almost completely consumed by the flames,” the spokesman said.

Police said the fire was of unusual intensity adding that they were investigating if it was the result of a road accident or any criminal activity.

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