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A fire that reduced a tour bus into charred frames on Sunday morning has killed at least 35 people, including two children, in Hunan Province, local authorities said.

Another 13 people are in hospital, four of them with serious injuries, Xinhua news agency reported.

The tour bus had left from Hunan’s Hengyang with 57 people on board and was heading for Mangshan Mountain in Chenzhou when it crashed into guardrails on a highway in Yizhang County, according to China Central Television.

The accident happened at about 10:20 a.m., when the bus crashed into the guardrail on a highway in Yizhang. The ensuing oil leak caused the fire, according to the government.

A photo taken at the site shows huge clouds of black smoke rising from the vehicle, and another shows the black skeletons of the bus after fire was put out.

Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun ordered all-out efforts to save the injured, identify the cause of the accident, and to take measures to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

A work team headed by Vice Public Security Minister Huang Ming was on its way to the accident site in Hunan yesterday to guide the investigation and handle the aftermath.

Police said an investigation into the incident is underway.

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