School Bus Catches Fire in Pakistan

    The charred wreckage of a school van is seen as villagers gather at the scene in Mangowal, some 185 kilometers from Islamabad, on May 25, 2013. Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school van caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said.  AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)


    At least 16 children and one teacher are dead after a school bus caught fire in eastern Pakistan on Saturday. Seven more children were injured, and the driver fled the scene. The bus, which was carrying 24 children between ages 5 and 15, was just a few miles from the private school the children attended when the blaze erupted. The van was dual-fuel, with the capability of switching between natural gas and gasoline. The accident was attributed to a faulty gas cylinder, which caught fire from a spark emitted when the driver switched fuel sources.

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