Police in western India say a tire explosion caused a bus to lose control and crash into a median and catch fire, killing 25 people.
NEW DELHI — A tire explosion caused a bus to lose control, slam into a median and catch fire, killing 25 people in western India early Saturday morning, police told local media.
Police officer Sunil Kadasne told the Press Trust of India news agency that there were 33 people on the bus when the crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on the highway in Buldhana district, Maharashtra state. He said eight survivors were taken to hospital.
The private tour bus was heading to Pune from Nagpur, another city in the state.
Deadly traffic accidents are common in India, often due to reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles. According to police, more than 110,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents across India.