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21 killed in Jordan road accident

More than 30 others injured in bus crash on the road between Amman and northern city of Irbid.

Twenty-one people were killed and more than 30 injured on Saturday in a bus crash on the road between the Jordanian capital and the northern city of Irbid, police said.

"A bus collided with another heavy vehicle on the Amman-Irbid road, resulting in 21 people dead and 33 injured," spokesman Major Mohammed Khatib told newswire AFP, updating an earlier casualty toll.

The state-run Petra news agency said the bus, coming from the Red Sea port of Aqaba in southern Jordan, collided with a water tanker on a main road from Jerash to Irbid.

Witnesses told Petra that the two vehicles plunged into a valley next to the main road after the collision and that "corpses were scattered all over the area".

Jordan ranks second only to Egypt in the Arab world for the number of road accidents as traffic regulations are often badly enforced.

The kingdom's national centre for forensic medicine said last April that more than 98,000 road accidents were recorded in 2006, averaging one every five minutes and resulting in a death every 10 hours.

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