HYDERABAD, India - A bus in southern India crashed into a highway barrier and erupted in flames early Wednesday, killing at least 40 people - many of them burned alive in the inferno, officials said.
The driver and five others managed to escape through a window, said Girija Shankar, a district official. The other passengers, apparently asleep at the time of the crash, were trapped inside.
The privately operated bus was passing another vehicle when it crashed into the roadside barrier in Mehabubnagar in southern Andhra Pradesh state, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Naveen Kumar.
The diesel tank then caught fire and engulfed the bus, according to Pradeep, a police official who goes by one name.
Authorities were questioning the survivors to get further details.
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