Driver ‘fainted’ be­fore fa­tal high­way crash

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG LI and HUOYAN in Nan­ning Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangli@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ten peo­ple in­clud­ing a child were killed on Sun­day morn­ing when a bus over­turned af­ter hit­ting a high­way guardrail in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

The driver of the 47-seat ve­hi­cle was among those who died, while 32 oth­ers were in­jured, five of them se­ri­ously, said police in Nan­ning, the re­gional cap­i­tal.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at about 10 am.

“I no­ticed the bus bump up against the guardrail sev­eral times be­fore the ac­ci­dent,” said a sur­vivor of the crash who gave only his sur­name, Liang.

“I also heard some­one shout at the driver to tell him to stop the bus, but the driver seemed to have fainted at that time.”

Huang Zhix­ian, the head of Guangxi Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau’s traf­fic police, said most pas­sen­gers had failed to use their seat belts, which had di­rectly con­trib­uted to the loss of life.

“Usu­ally, even if a driver is ex­hausted, he or she will wake up to take ac­tion when­ever a danger like this oc­curs, but the driver didn’t even step on the brakes,” Huang said.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion panel has been set up to look into the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The dam­aged bus was pulled to the side of the high­way af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

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