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More than 60 pilgrims die in Indian bus crash

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  • More than 60 people have died after a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims caught fire
  • Indian investigators blame heat of friction from a blown tire for the blaze
  • Forty people survived the blaze in Uttar Pradesh state
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By CNN's Bharati Naik
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- More than 60 people have died after a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims caught fire and burned on a highway in northern India, police said Wednesday.

Investigators blamed the heat of friction from a blown tire for the blaze, which erupted Tuesday evening aboard a bus with 103 people on board, said Akhilesh Nigam, a spokesman for Uttar Pradesh state police. Forty people survived the blaze, police said.

The bus had come from Mathura, the legendary birthplace of the Hindu deity Krishna, and was passing through the town of Firozabad when the fire broke out, police said. Firozabad is about 200 km (125 miles) from the state capital Lucknow.

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