- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2003

NEW DELHI, Jan. 28 (UPI) — At least 42 passengers burned to death when a luxury tourist bus collided head-on with a truck carrying paints and chemicals Tuesday in India's eastern state of West Bengal.

The impact sent the bus plunging into a ditch, where it caught fire. In addition to the fatalities, at least 12 people were hurt in the accident.

The accident occurred in a dense fog, when visibility was poor.

The tourist bus was en route from Baripada in Orissa state to Kolkatta when the accident took place near Howrah town.

More than 70,000 people die each year in road accidents on India's narrow, treacherous and ill-maintained roads.

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