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Afghanistan fuel tanker collision: What we know so far

Casualties of the accident were taken hospitals in Ghazni province and southern Kandahar. Credit: Reuters

At least 73 people have been killed and scores injured when two buses collided with a fuel tanker in eastern Afghanistan, according to government officials.

Here's what we know so far.

  • Two passenger buses and an oil tanker burst into flames in a head-on collision on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Ghazni province
  • Many of the dead, including women and children suffered fatal burns and dozens were badly injured in one of the country's worst road accidents
  • Many survivors were treated in Ghazni's main provincial hospital, while many others were rushed in ambulances to health facilities in southern Kandahar
  • The Kabul-Kandahar highway passes through areas affected by the Taliban insurgency, and many bus drivers are known to drive at high speeds to avoid being targeted by militants
  • One passenger who survived said the driver of the bus he was riding in was driving "too rashly"