The death toll from the southern China highway collision between a bus and a truck loaded with flammable liquid rose to 43 on Sunday.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the truck rear-ended the bus around 3 a.m. Saturday on the Hukun Expressway in Hunan province, with the truck’s driver and passenger among the dead. Five people were also injured.
Xinhua said the flames destroyed a total of five vehicles before being extinguished five hours later.
Images broadcast on Chinese state television showed both vehicles severely burned and what appeared to be passenger belongings scattered on the road.