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Buses collide with fuel tanker in Afghanistan, 8 dead

Injured Afghan men lie in an ambulance after an accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Officials say two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people. Dozens more people were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, and the death toll is expected to rise. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)

Injured Afghan men lie in an ambulance after an accident on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar, in Ghazni province eastern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Officials say two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people. Dozens more people were wounded in the accident, which set all three vehicles ablaze, and the death toll is expected to rise. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official says two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on the main highway linking Kabul and Kandahar, killing at least eight people.

Mohammadullah Ahmadi, director of the traffic department in the eastern Ghazni province, said around 60 bus passengers were wounded in the crash early Sunday, which he says was caused by reckless driving.

He says all three vehicles were set ablaze, and that local residents were helping firefighters and first responders pull survivors from the wreckage.

Traffic accidents are common in Afghanistan, where roads are often in poor condition and traffic laws are rarely enforced.