Bus catches fire in Shanghai, three dead

May 5th, 2008 - 11:45 am ICT by admin  

Shanghai, May 5 (Xinhua) Three people were killed when a bus caught fire in Shanghai at about 9.00 a.m. Monday, according to fire brigade officials. Fire fighters estimated there were about 50 passengers on board the bus. The fire broke out when the bus was running along the Huangxing road and Guoshun road in Yangpu district, northeast of Shanghai.

Sources with the Shanghai Traffic Control Centre said the bus suddenly burst into flames. The cause of the fire was not yet known.

Three passengers who suffered severe burns were admitted to the Changhai Hospital.

An elderly woman who was travelling on the bus said she saw the fire erupt at the rear of the bus.

“It was chaotic. I was holding my granddaughter when people pushed me off the bus,” she said.

An eyewitness said the bus caught fire at 9:15 a.m. According to him, three people died and at least eight were injured.

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