Afghan fuel tanker crash claims 73 lives


Two buses and a fuel tanker collided on a major highway in Afghanistan killing 73 people, a health ministry spokesman told the BBC. More than 50 other people injured in the accident had been taken to hospital in Ghazni province, officials said. All three vehicles were set ablaze after the collision on the main road linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar. Accidents are common in Afghanistan where roads are often in a poor state. The BBC’s Mahfouz Zubaide in the capital, Kabul, said drivers also tend to speed and traffic rules are rarely enforced. Mohammadullah Ahmadi, the director of the provincial traffic department, said the crash was caused by reckless driving, the Associated Press news agency reports. He said local residents helped fire fighters and first responders pull survivors from the wreckage

Most of those who died in the crash were “completely burned”, health ministry spokesman Ismail Kawasi told the AFP news agency. Jawed Salangi, spokesman for the governor of eastern Ghazni province, told the BBC he had seen documents showing that altogether there were 125 passengers travelling on the buses. Meanwhile, a wildfire ripping through Canada’s oil sands region was set to grow rapidly yesterday but move further away from heavily populated areas, a fire official said. The fire, which started last Sunday near the town of Fort McMurray in northeast Alberta, spread so quickly that the town’s 88 000 inhabitants barely had time to leave. Large parts of the town have been incinerated. The front of the fire was moving southeast, away from Fort McMurray toward the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, said wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather, but was not expected to reach the border yesterday

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