updated 5/14/2007 4:58:43 PM ET 2007-05-14T20:58:43

A gas tanker, truck and bus collided in western India on Monday, sparking a fire that engulfed the three vehicles and killed at least 30 people, fire officials said.

The accident occurred on a stretch of highway about 40 miles south of Ahmadabad, the capital of Gujarat state, when the tanker hit a truck head on, igniting the fire, said Kalpesh Brahmbhatt, a fire brigade official.

The bus was following closely behind the truck and skidded into the wreck, Brahmbhatt added.

Its driver and 23 passengers were killed, along with the gas tanker’s driver, his assistant and at least four people standing nearby, Brahmbhatt said.

He said a number of other passengers — he was not sure how many — had suffered burns, some of them severe, and were being treated at nearby hospitals.

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