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Post time 2009-6-5 12:26:34 |Display all floors
CHENGDU, June 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 24 people died in a bus blaze Friday morning in the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, said the provincial work safety supervision bureau.

    It was still unclear about the number of the injured, said the bureau, adding that all the injured were sent to the Chengdu No.2 People's Hospital and the Chengdu Army General Hospital.

    The accident took place at 8 a.m. when the No.9 was on its way from Tianhui Township to downtown Chengdu, and caught fire under the Chuanshan Viaduct, said Mao Zhiqiong, spokesman with the Chengdu city government, at the scene.

    He noted that investigation started for the accident cause...

My condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

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Post time 2009-6-5 14:27:38 |Display all floors
Originally posted by bantopost at 2009-6-5 12:26
CHENGDU, June 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 24 people died in a bus blaze Friday morning in the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, said the provincial work safety supervision  ...

It is really a tragedy. The fire broke out in a few minutes and most of the passengers couldn't react quiclky.  7 people got out of the blazing bus and 6 of them were severely injured. The incident is under investigation.

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Post time 2009-6-5 14:56:09 |Display all floors
Originally posted by notknowwhy

It is really a tragedy. The fire broke out in a few minutes and most of the passengers couldn't react quiclky.  7 people got out of the blazing bus and 6 of them were severely injured. The incide ...


It's strange that a bus could catch fire that quickly.
Let's see what the investigation reveals.

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Post time 2009-6-6 22:14:58 |Display all floors
Maybe the bus had some problems at that time.

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Post time 2009-6-8 11:37:50 |Display all floors

Death toll in China bus fire rises to 27

CHENGDU-- Two of the 76 passengers injured in Friday's bus blaze in southwest China died in hospital early Sunday, bringing the death toll to 27.

The two, who both suffered serious burns, included Yi Zunshun, a 69-year-old man, from Tianhui Township, who died in the General Hospital of the Chengdu Military Area Command at around 9:20 am, said Yang Wei, director of the Chengdu City Health Bureau, at a news briefing Sunday.

The other was a 17-year-old boy named Liu Qi, who died around 5:15 am in the Chengdu No. 2 People's Hospital, said the official.

Eighteen injured people were still in critical condition, said Yang, adding doctors were trying their best to save their lives.

Fifty-four others were in stable condition. Two have been discharged from hospital.

The accident occurred in the morning rush hour Friday, when the No. 9 bus was on its way from Tianhui Township to downtown Chengdu, capital of Sichuan and caught fire under the Chuanshan Viaduct.

Sabotage could not be ruled out as the cause of the blaze, said an official on Saturday.

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Post time 2009-6-8 11:39:57 |Display all floors

Bus fire probe: Someone brought gasoline on board

CHENGDU -- An investigation into a fatal bus blaze that killed 27 people and injured 74 others in southwest China shows someone had brought gasoline aboard the vehicle, an official said late Sunday, suggesting the inflammable material is to blame for the fire.

Many people, including the bus driver, passengers, rescuers and other witnesses, told the investigators that they had sensed a smell of gasoline before the fire, He Jiansheng, of the investigation team, told reporters.


Traces from the burnt bus were also found to contain substances of gasoline, He said.

In addition, the bus did not use gasoline as fuel, but diesel oil instead, he said.

"Therefore, we believe someone had brought gasoline aboard the bus," he said. "The combustion (of the gasoline) might have been triggered by a human error or by someone deliberately."

But he said explosion can be ruled out as the cause of the bus fire, because no fragments of explosives have been found and no signs indicated an explosion had happened.

The accident occurred in the morning rush hour Friday, when the No.9 bus was on its way from Tianhui Township to downtown Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, and caught fire under the Chuanshan Viaduct. Altogether 25 were killed and 76 others were injured Friday.

Two injured died in hospital Sunday, bringing the death toll to 27.

The two, who both suffered serious burns, included Yi Zunshun, a 69-year-old man, from Tianhui Township, who died in the General Hospital of the Chengdu Military Area Command at around 9:20 a.m., said Yang Wei, director of the Chengdu City Health Bureau, at a news briefing Sunday.

The other was a 17-year-old boy named Liu Qi, who died around 5:15 a.m. in the Chengdu No.2 People's Hospital, said the official.

Eighteen injured people were still in critical condition, said Yang, adding doctors were trying their best to save their lives.

Fifty-four others were in stable condition. Two have been discharged from hospital.

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Post time 2009-6-10 16:56:04 |Display all floors
24 People burn alive to dead, can't even think of something more miserable than that. Looking at those who are so lucky to run out, there are barely any   apparel left. It's very horrible to be burned, without skin, the outer bacteria could easily enter your body. I think I might have some shadow about taking public bus later, and I'd rather ride the mountain bike for some time.

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