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Six killed as bus overturns near Phoenix, Arizona


The roof of the bus was crushed in the accident

At least six people have been killed and several others seriously injured in a bus crash near Phoenix, Arizona.

State public safety officials said the roof of the bus was crushed in the accident on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix at 0527 local time (1227GMT).

US media said the crash also involved two trucks and several cars.

Rescuers smashed windows to get to victims and medics set up an emergency site on the highway to deal with casualties, reports said.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 have been closed.

Witnesses said the badly damaged bus was by the side of the road, surrounded by debris.

Bart Graves, of the Arizona department of public safety, said the bus had been travelling from Los Angeles when it was in collision with a car and rolled over.

He said two men and four women were killed and 15 other people injured, including two children. Five of those injured were airlifted to hospital.

The bus, owned by Tierra Santa Inc, was carrying 21 passengers, Mr Graves added.

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