The accident occurred on January 18 morning on the Samara-Shymkent road.
A bus carrying 57 people in Kazakhstan caught fire Thursday, killing all but five passengers, according to emergency officials.
Horrific pictures and video show the inferno from which only five people escaped alive. "Another 52 people died on the spot", he said.
All the victims were reportedly from Uzbekistan, Kazakh authorities said.
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They were migrant workers travelling to Russian Federation. Investigators believe that the fire in the bus started as a result of short circuit.
A fireball engulfed the bus on the 1,370 mile highway linking Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan and Samara in Russian Federation.
Kazakhstan's latest official statement said the bus could carry up to 59 passengers.
Ministry representative Imankulov did not confirm this however, telling AFP: 'It's too early to talk about the reasons for the fire'. The five survivors suffered minor injuries and were hospitalised.
A photograph posted online from the site showed the bus completely burnt out. The buses are still widely used in ex-Soviet nations, even though they are often decades old.