Jul 11, 2018 07:42 Asia/Tehran

At least 27 people have been killed in the city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, after a fuel truck rammed into a passenger bus and burst into flames. The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, before dawn.

A number of people are also reported to have been severely injured in this collision.

According to Kurdistan Highway Police, the tragic incident took place in the early hours before dawn on Wednesday in an inter-city highway.

One of the two bus drivers who survived the incident said that the bus had stopped to pick up passengers behind a pickup truck, where suddenly an oil tanker rammed into the bus and both burst into flames.

Kurdistan province has declared three days of public mourning over the crash.