Thirty-one children were charred to death when the bus they were in got engulfed in flames in Northern California on Sunday, according to the Red Cross.
The Red Cross also stated that another set of 25 people including one adult were wounded and suffered severe burns in the bus accident, close to the town of Fundacion.
Fundacion Mayor Luz Stella Duran said that the children travelling in the bus were returning home after attending a religious service and were in the age bracket of 1-8 years. The bus caught fire around midday.
Cesar Uruena with the Colombian Red Cross said in a statement, “The injured have second and third-degree burns, and many are still in a critical condition”.
The police initially presumed that the fire was caused by a mechanical problem. According to the accident survivors the driver had a gasoline container on the bus.
The mayor Luz Stella Duran further said that the bus driver ran away with the irate citizens going to his residence and hurling rocks at his windows.