Bus fired in Kazakhstan carrying Uzbek citizens to Russian Federation

Cesar Mills
January 21, 2018

A bus burns on a road in near the village of Kalybai in Kazakhstan. Dozens dies in the fire.

Earlier the emergency situations ministry said it was going to another Russian city, Samara.

Five people, who managed to escape the flames, were being treated by the emergency medical team.

All the victims were reportedly from Uzbekistan, Kazakh authorities said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but investigators suspect it was triggered by a short circuit. "The remainder were killed", it said in a statement.

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The bus was traveling from the tiny town of Zibek in Kazakhstan's southern Saragaiski region to Kazan, Russia, an 1,800-mile route often used by migrant workers heading for jobs on construction sites in Russia. Two bus drivers are among the survivors of the blaze, Imankulov confirmed. "They can't get through passport controls at airports or railway stations, so they get on the bus", Mirovalev wrote.

The vehicle, which was travelling from Kazakhstan to Russian Federation, burst into flames and the fire tore through the bus - killing dozens inside before they could flee. It is not known in which direction the bus, a Hungarian-made Ikarus, was heading when it burst into flames.

Uzbekistan also sent officials to Aktobe to establish the cause of the accident, according to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

The five surviving passengers are receiving treatment for their injuries, Imankulov said.

In 2015, 16 people, including three children, died in Kazakhstan when a minibus collided with a van on April 20, 2015.

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