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50 feared dead in Africa bus crash

KANO, Nigeria -- A commuter bus plunged into a river in northern Nigeria, leaving 50 people feared dead and 20 others seriously injured, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Reuters that the crash occured at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday (0830 GMT) after a tyre burst.

"It is terrible, it is a serious tragedy," Kano state commissioner of police Yakubu Bello Uba told Reuters. "What I saw at the accident scene was really disturbing. I was told that women and children were trapped in the bus."

The bus was travelling from Lagos to Kano when it went into the river 50 km (30 miles) east of Kano, witnesses said.

One survivor said his wife and three children were trapped in the submerged bus, Reuters reported.

Ten bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts were continuing, the police commissioner said.

A hospital official in Kano said 20 people were in intensive care with critical injuries.

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