外文标题：Bus catches fire in China, at least 42 dead
BEIJING: An express bus burst into flames on an elevated roadway in southeastern China on Friday, killing at least 42 people and injuring 33 others, state media reported.
The blaze occurred during the evening rush hour in the prosperous port city of Xiamen, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
A local fire official who only gave his surname, Sun, said bodies were piled up inside the bus. He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Operations of the entire express bus system, known as Bus Rapid Transit, were suspended after the accident, Xinhua said. It quoted a survivor as saying she smelled gasoline and then saw a fire spreading rapidly.
Photos on Chinese social media showed huge clouds of black smoke rising from the burning bus. Victims were seen bleeding with torn clothes and burned skin.
An official news site, Xiamen Net, said witnesses heard sounds of explosions after the fire had been burning for about 10 minutes.
Xiamen’s BRT system began operations in 2008. It covers more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) and carries more than 250,000 people each day. Xianmen Net said the buses are often crowded during rush hour.
China’s public transit has been expanding rapidly over the past decade, but there are worries that the country is sacrificing safety in its rush to roll out modern services.
In 2011, a high-speed train accident near the eastern city of Wenzhou killed 40 people. Later that year, a collision on a new subway line in the financial hub of Shanghai injured hundreds of people.
In 2009, an unemployed man set fire to a packed bus in Chengdu, killing himself and 26 others.
Hopefully China will realize the hazards of Made in China products.
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May the ones who dies rest in peace and the survivors recover from the trauma and injuries. This also has nothing to do with Made in China – Even Made in Japan/Germany/US vehicles have had fatal accidents from unknown glitches.
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So much for china moving forward. One never knows when all those fancy things they have built will come tumbling down. They can sacrifice their people as the people don’t have a voice there in that evil country where tyrants abuse the people
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badegg (US) replies to Johnson
Don’t politicalize anything. This is not an gov action or what gov wants. This is a pure accident or incident. Most likely this fire was not caused by bus itself otherwise it cannot spread so fast. As mentioned in the news, some people said their smell gasoline in the bus. Sounds like someone intentionally or unintentionally spread gasoline in the bus first. This was not the first of such case.
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chandra lekha (andhra pradesh)
may their souls rest in peace. and i hope such incidents shouldnt happen again.
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Made in China Bus exploded like made in China Mobile batteries explode in Ibdia and elsewhere.
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Phil (London) replies to Rick
The bus was a Volvo, could be made in China, may be not!
Arup Ghosh (Calcutta)
SAD. STILL , AS THIS IS CHINA , SO AN ACHIEVEMENT………………..
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Phil (London) replies to Arup Ghosh
“As this is China, so an achievement” …What an absolutely senseless and childish comment by a grown-up man.
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Arup Ghosh replies to Phil
SO MUCH INTELLIGENT !!! DO CONSIDER THEM AS ROBOTS OF SATANIC FORCE……….
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chen yixiang (shanghai)
taliban is coming to china….i am so scared.. i need ur help america
Brings back memories of the frequent fire accidents of King Long Buses from China bought by BEST, Mumbai.
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made in china is the crappiest products in the world.
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Shikha (Hong Kong)
This is an accident. Lets treat it that way. No need to read too much between.
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Chinese government: Only 42, no big deal. We have more than 1300 million.
My heart goes out to the victims. Advise for Chinese Govt. and others around the world Don’t use anything “Made in China” as they are not reliable.
SARANATHAN Lakshminarasimhan (chennai)
Safety standards are not given due importance in China as they have little respect to human values but only marketing their dumps
This shows all is not well in China?