At least 20 dead and over 30 injured after BRT bus explosion in Xiamen

Updated: 07 Jun 2013
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The bus caught fire between the Jinshan and Caitang BRT stations about 6:30 p.m. on Friday. (Photo: Sina Weibo) 

The burnt-out wreckage of the BRT bus. (Photo: xinhuanet)
At least 20 people died and more than 30 injured, after a BRT (bus rapid transit) bus caught fire and exploded about 6:30 p.m. this evening in Xiamen, according to the press office of the Xiamen Municipal Government.

The bus, which was running on BRT Line 1, caught fire between the Jinshan and Caitang BRT stations at 6:30 p.m. The fire started at one of its tyres and spread to the fuel tank which exploded, according to preliminary investigations by traffic police.

Among the severely injured people, 2 were examinees who were taking the national college entrance exams which started on Friday, the Xiamen Daily newspaper reported.

The fire was put out at about 6:50 p.m. and six sections of the guard rail along the bus-only elevated road were burnt beyond repair. Buses heading towards Jimei and Tong'an were suspended after the incident.

Further investigation is underway, according to police
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Comments Area ( Total Comments: 5 )
erichuangmh Commented on 13 Jun 2013
Have you managed to organised some kind of help for the BRT victim?
For those dead and injured . What are their family entitled to in terms of compensation ? What kind of help do they get from the authotity ? when such incident happened on public Xiamen ?
macjedi00 Commented on 08 Jun 2013
who is this girl in the photos with the blood stains? She looks shocked and very in-need of help. Wish i could help in some way... this poor girl probably works at a factory and was looking forward to a restful weekend and her whole life has changed. My wife and i would like to know where we can help the victims in need. And i hope alot of you feel the same..This is like a terrorist attack. Her life has changed forever.. very sad..I am willing to help,, is anyone else up to it???
Dannisi Commented on 07 Jun 2013
Read on Weibo that 38 people died...
SabrinaTang Commented on 07 Jun 2013
Pray for the peace, hope they will be fine.
mosquito Commented on 07 Jun 2013
shocked, hope the deceased rest in peace!