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51 killed in bus crash in Afghanistan's Ghanzi: officials

Tragic road accident in Afghanistan's east takes scores of lives.

A bus collided with a fuel tanker in Afghanistan today, killing at least 51 people. Here, trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan are parked at the Pakistan's Torkham border crossing on November 26, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 51 people died in a traffic accident in Afghanistan's eastern Ghanzi province today, the Associated Press cited local officials as saying. 

A bus and a fuel tanker crashed along the Kabul-Kandahar highway in a collision that set both vehicles on fire and left at least six people injured, according to BBC News

Provincial police head General Zarawar Zahid told AP that 51 out of the 56 bus passengers were killed.

“It is very sad,” he said, according to AP. “When you see the bodies, some of them are not recognizable.”

Afghanistan's poor road conditions often contribute to deadly road accidents, said BBC