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(LEAD) Tour bus fire kills 10, injures 7

All News 00:48 October 14, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with details, revises casualties)

ULSAN, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- A tourist bus caught fire on an expressway near the southeastern city of Ulsan on Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring seven others, police said.

The bus was carrying 20 people when one of its tires exploded, causing it to slam into the guardrail and catch fire on the Gyeongbu Expressway near Ulsan, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, at 10:11 p.m., police said.

The fire gutted the bus, leaving 10 people dead. The 10 others managed to escape from the bus, seven of them with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The passengers -- retirees of Hanwha Chemical Co. and their spouses -- were on their way to Ulsan from the airport in the city of Daegu after returning from a trip to China, police said.

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