Xinyang bus fire

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On 22 July 2011 at 04:00 Beijing Time (20:00 UTC on the 21st), a bus fire occurred in Xinyang, Henan, causing the deaths of at least 41 people.[1] The fire occurred on China National Highway 105, which links Beijing to Zhuhai, Guangdong. There were 47 passengers on board,[2] but the bus was designed to hold only 35 passengers.[3] As the bus was overloaded, some passengers were sleeping in the aisle at the time of the fire, which began at 4 a.m.[4] Voice of America initially reported that the bus was carrying hazardous goods.[5] Some of the survivors reported hearing an explosion at the back of the vehicle when the fire started.[6] Six people, including the driver, survived and were hospitalized.[7] In August it was confirmed that the fire was started by the chemicals being illegally transported on the bus.[8]

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