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52 migrant Uzbek workers killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

52 migrant Uzbek workers killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

"Five passengers managed to escape with injuries". "The remaining 52 people died on the spot".

"A bus caught fire".

"Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance", the statement said. Kazakhstan's emergency services ministry set up a hotline for victims' relatives.

Kazakhstan's latest official statement said the bus could carry up to 59 passengers.

The survivors included three Kazakhs and two Uzbeks, reported Al Jazeera.

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The bus is believed to have been transporting the passengers along the 1,300 mile long Samara-Shymkent route, which is used by Uzbek construction workers to travel to and from building sites in Russian Federation, the BBC said.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan and a special governmental commission on January 18 by the order of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev flew to Aktobe, where a bus fire occurred.

In footage posted online the bus can be seen positioned diagonally across a highway on a snow covered steppe, engulfed in flames and black smoke.

A photograph taken later showed the vehicle completely charred.


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