Bus and beer truck crash kills 17 in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

April 10, 2007 (AFP) – At least 17 people died when a crowded bus and a truck transporting beer crashed head on in southern Sri Lanka Tuesday, police said. Most of the victims were trapped and burnt to death as the bus caught fire at Induruwa, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Colombo, police said.

Thirty people escaped with injuries and were admitted to hospital, police said.

The crash was along the same route to be taken Tuesday by a South Asian car rally. .