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Dozens Killed after Bus Blaze in China

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- At least 41 people are dead after a double-decker bus caught fire Friday morning on a highway in central China, according to state media.

The Xinhua News Agency reports the incident occurred in Xinyang City in Henan province and involved a possibly overcrowded bus carrying hazardous goods on board.  The bus reportedly had a limit of 35 sleeper berths.

Six passengers managed to escape the flames and were transported to nearby hospitals, Xinhua reports.

Those who were killed will likely have to be identified by DNA tests since they were severely burned, officials said according to Xinhua.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

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