Sabotage Can’t Be Ruled out in Fatal Bus Blaze: Official

A preliminary investigation into the Chengdu bus fire which killed 25 people on Friday has not eliminated the possibility of sabotage, according to a city official.  From Xinhua:

Sabotage can not be ruled out as the cause of a fatal bus blaze that killed 25 people and injured 76 others Friday in southwest China’s City, said an official Saturday.

Hu Qinghan, director of the Chengdu Communications Commission, said that according to an initial investigation, self-combustion or a mechanical glitch cannot be concluded as the cause of the blaze.

“The blaze was not fueled by diesel in the oil tank. Investigators found the tank still contained 107 liters of diesel and no mechanical glitch was found in the engine,” said Hu.

June 6, 2009, 6:50 PM
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