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42 Die In Bus Crash in Eastern India - 2003-01-28

A passenger bus and truck have collided in eastern India - killing at least 42 people.

Police are blaming the accident on heavy fog along a main highway about 40 kilometers south of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal.

A bus carrying some 60 passengers collided head-on with a truck carrying flammable material. The bus overturned and caught fire. Most of those who died were burned to death while trapped in the wreckage. Local police official Rajesh Kumar says the casualties could rise.

"Now the dead bodies are being recovered and causalities should be between 30 to 50," he said.

Police say at least a dozen people were severely injured in the accident.

The bus was traveling to Calcutta from Orissa, and the accident blocked traffic on the busy highway for hours Tuesday morning.