Blaze on overloaded sleeper bus kills 41

An overloaded double-decker bus burst into flames on a highway in central China yesterday, killing 41 people on board.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the sleeper coach burst into flames along a highway in Henan province. Only six of the 47 people on board managed to escape, the rest were burnt beyond recognition and will have to be identified using DNA.

Xinhua said it was unclear what caused the blaze and that an investigation was underway.