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Myanmar train blaze leaves 25 dead, 100 injured

Published on Nov 10, 2012 12:31 PM
 

YANGON (AFP) - Investigators searched for clues on Saturday to the cause of a train derailment and an ensuing blaze that killed 25 people and injured nearly 100 more in northern Myanmar.

Two petrol tankers loaded onto the train overturned in Friday's accident and local villagers collecting the fuel were burned to death as flames tore across the crash site.

While the death toll did not rise overnight, police said 93 injured people were undergoing treatment, most of them in hospitals in the town of Kantbalu in the Sagaing Region bordering India.

"I don't think the death toll will rise. The people who died perished on the spot when they were burnt," a police officer in Kantbalu said, requesting anonymity. The officer added that the cause of the accident was still unknown.

 
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