tags: Timeline 2014, Bus Incidents , church incident, children incident, Columbia
Casualties: 32 killed
May 18, 2014 31 Children Die In Bus Fire at Church in Columbia 31 children killed after bus catches fire in Colombia (CNN) -- A bus packed with children burst into flames in Colombia on Sunday, killing at least 32 people, officials said. The bus was picking up children from an event at a church in Fundacion, Colombia, when the blaze began. The bus exploded when the driver tried to start the bus by pouring fuel from a gas can directly into the engine which he accessed through the floor of the cabin. The driver escaped unharmed and was being questioned by police.
That does not sound like an accident. You can only start a bus that way once.
|Thirty-one children were burned to death when their bus caught fire and exploded in northern Colombia on Sunday, the Red Cross said.|
Another 25 people - including one adult - were injured and seriously burned in the blaze at the town of Fundacion, in the department of Magdalena, Cesar
"The injured have second and third-degree burns, and many are still in a critical condition" in hospitals in the area and in the city of Santa Marta, Uruena said. The children aboard the bus were between the ages of one and eight and were returning home after a religious service, Fundacion Mayor Luz Stella Duran told reporters.
Stella Duran said that - according to survivors - the bus driver had been handling a container with gasoline aboard the vehicle. Police initially blamed the fire on a mechanical problem. The driver has vanished, and angry locals went to his home and threw rocks at his windows, the mayor said.