Tragedy in Kazakhstan: 52 people burned to death in bus

Kazakhstan bus fire

WILL STEWARTA fire on a bus on Kazakhstan has killed 52 people

The deadly incident took place on a highway in the Aktobe region of Kazakhstan, spokesman for the Interior Ministry Emergencies Committee Ruslan Imankulov said in a statement.

On January 18, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (Astana time, 7:30 a.m. Moscow time) a fire broke out on board a passenger Icarus bus.

Emergency officials in Kazakhstan say 52 people have died when a bus carrying them caught fire.

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Five people managed to get out and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said. He said the fire spread very quickly.

Two of the survivors suffered burns to their hands, emergency services officials told AFP, while others suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but investigators believe a short circuit may have caused the bus to ignite.

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The ministry named the vehicle as a Hungarian-made Ikarus.

Tengri News cited officials as saying the accident occurred in the middle of the morning in the Yrgyz district of Kazakhstan's northwestern Aktobe region.

It was unclear in which direction the bus had been travelling on the vast snow-covered steppe, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek migrant workers to and from Russian Federation where they often take on work on building sites.

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It was unclear in which direction the bus had been travelling, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek migrant workers to and from Russian Federation where they often work on building sites.

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