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Twenty-three people were taken to hospital with one of them sustaining serious injuries, after a private bus carrying 54 firefighters and a car collided in Fukuoka Prefecture on Monday, according to rescue officials.

The driver of the passenger car, a man in his 20s, suffered a broken pelvis, but all others involved in the collision sustained only minor injuries, local reports said, quoting rescue officials.

The crash occurred at 7:45 a.m. local time (2245 GMT Sunday) in the city of Iizuka, in central Fukuoka Prefecture, when the bus hit a car traveling in the opposition direction, local police said.

According to the police, the bus was on its way to a fire academy in the prefecture.