MEHABUBNAGAR, India (October 30, 2013) Forty people were killed, many of them burned alive, when a bus crashed into a barrier and caught fire before dawn Wednesday in southern India.
A police official says the driver and five others escaped after the crash, which happened just before sunrise Wednesday.
The driver was trying to pass another vehicle when the bus hit the roadside barrier.
India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
More than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across India, according to police.
Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.