Erode (TN): Five persons, including women and children, were charred to death and 27 others injured after a private bus and a fuel-laden truck collided and went up in flames near here in the wee hours, police said.
   
The Coimbatore-bound bus from Bangalore dashed against the truck carrying aviation fuel from behind at Chithode, about 15 km from here, on NH-47, resulting in an instantaneous fire which gutted both vehicles, they said.
   
Five persons, including two women and a child, were charred to death on the spot. The injured, including two who are stated to be critical, have been rushed to various hospitals in nearby Bhavani, Erode and Coimbatore.
  
The driver of the bus was among the deceased, police said, adding the truck was on its way to Coimbatore airport carrying the aviation fuel.

(Agencies)