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50 killed after buses collide with fuel tanker

An injured  Afghan man is seen into an ambulance after the accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan,
An injured Afghan man is seen into an ambulance after the accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan,

Two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing at least 50 people.

Dozens more people were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze.

Officials said 73 bus passengers were wounded and transferred to hospitals, but that documents show that 125 passengers were on both buses.

The collision happened on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar.

Mohammadullah Ahmadi, director of the provincial traffic department, said the crash was caused by reckless driving. He said local residents helped firefighters and first responders pull survivors from the wreckage.

Road accidents are common in Afghanistan, where roads are often in poor condition and traffic laws are rarely enforced.