updated 7/22/2007 1:04:20 AM ET 2007-07-22T05:04:20

Two buses collided head-on in northern Syria on Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding 50, a Syrian news agency reported.

The official SANA news agency said the accident occurred after a tire burst on one of the buses, causing the driver to lose control at high speed on a highway about 100 miles north of Damascus.

Police officers were quoted as saying that some 70 people were on board when the buses collided. Both buses were destroyed, with 15 people killed instantly and five others dying later at a hospital.

Some of the injured were in critical condition, SANA said.

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