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Apr 26, 2013 11:43 AM by Associated Press

Fiery Afghan crash kills 45, Taliban blamed

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - A fiery collision on a highway in Afghanistan has left 45 bus passengers dead.

Officials say the bus struck the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The oil tanker was left in the middle of a narrow road for several days after the insurgent attack, because police considered the area too dangerous to enter.

This morning, according to a provincial police chief, the bus smashed into the truck and burst into flames.

A spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province says in addition to the 45 people killed, 10 others were hurt.

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