Fire after highway crash in South Korea kills 5, injures 37

Dec 28, 2022, 9:51 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 5:51 am
A burned out truck is seen at the scene in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. A freigh...

A burned out truck is seen at the scene in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Shin Hyun-woo/Yonhap via AP)

(Shin Hyun-woo/Yonhap via AP)

              A burned out truck is seen at the scene in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Shin Hyun-woo/Yonhap via AP)
            
              Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a highway in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.  A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)
            
              Smoke rises at the scene of a fire in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.  A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP)
            
              Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a highway in Gwacheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed multiple people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A freight truck collided with a bus on a highway near the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday, causing a fire that killed at least five people and injured 37 others, officials said.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the collision and fire, nor what cargo the truck was carrying.

The National Fire Agency said in a statement that three of the injured were in serious conditions while 34 others were lightly injured. Fire officials said the collision occurred inside a noise-barrier tunnel on the highway.

Earlier TV footage showed thick black plumes of smoke billowing from the tunnel, but fire officials said later they’d almost put out the blaze.

The public affairs office at the fire agency couldn’t immediately confirm where the five dead came from.

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Fire after highway crash in South Korea kills 5, injures 37