Last updated: 27 August, 2011

25 killed in north Iraq bus crash

At least 25 people, all but one of them women and children, were killed when a bus caught fire after being hit by a car in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday, a police chief said.

The families were travelling on the bus from Baghdad to the northern Kurdish province of Dohuk when the vehicle got stuck in a pothole, according to Kirkuk province police chief Major General Jamal Taher Bakr.

Before it could be moved, a car crashed into the side of the bus, starting a fire. The bus’s automatic doors did not open, trapping its passengers inside.

Of the 25 dead, 24 were women and children from the bus. The driver of the car was also killed. Seven other people were wounded, including the bus driver and five passengers.

“This is one of the most horrible accidents in Kirkuk’s history,” Bakr said.