73 killed in fuel tanker crash in Afghanistan

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah

Two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan killing 73 people, a health ministry spokesman has said.

 

More than 50 other people injured in the accident had been taken to hospital in Ghazni province, officials say.

All three vehicles were set ablaze after the collision on the main road linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar.

The crash reportedly happened at 06:30 (0200GMT) on Sunday.

Mohammadullah Ahmadi, the director of the provincial traffic department, said the crash was caused by reckless driving, the Associated Press news agency reported.