41 in­jured in stam­pede at school

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ONE child was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion last night and six oth­ers were se­verely in­jured after a stam­pede at a pri­mary school in north­west China’s Xin­jiang Uygur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the No. 5 Pri­mary School in Aksu City as students were rush­ing down a flight of stairs near lunchtime yes­ter­day.

Some students in front fell and those be­hind, un­able to stop, also fell or con­tin­ued to tram­ple over their school­mates, wit­nesses said.

Shocked students were cry­ing and fright­ened, said Zhang Yup­ing, an of­fi­cer with Aksu’s first-aid cen­ter that sent five am­bu­lances to take the students to hos­pi­tal.

A to­tal of 123 chil­dren were given med­i­cal check-ups and 41 were ad­mit­ted to Aksu’s No. 1 Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal, of­fi­cials at Aksu’s emer­gency-re­sponse of­fice said.

One child suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries to in­ter­nal or­gans and was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, six were badly in­jured and 34 oth­ers re­ceived light in­juries, of­fi­cials said.

The re­gional gov­ern­ment set up a team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors, headed by a vice chair­man of Xin­jiang, to fly to Aksu. Heavy fog, how­ever, has de­layed their de­par­ture.

Author­i­ties have be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the stam­pede at the school, which has more than 1,800 students.

In 2005, a stam­pede at an­other pri­mary school in Aksu left one boy dead and 64 in­jured when students were rush­ing out­side to at­tend a morn­ing flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony in the play­ground.

In 2009, a stam­pede at a sec­ondary school in cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Prov­ince left eight students dead and 26 oth­ers in­jured.

The chief of the ed­u­ca­tional bureau of Xiangjiang City, where the school is lo­cated, was sacked fol­low­ing the tragedy and the school­mas­ter jailed for 18 months.

Nurses at­tend to a stu­dent in­jured in a school stam­pede in the Xin­jiang Uygur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion. The boy was one of 41 pupils ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal after the ac­ci­dent. Chil­dren at the No. 5 Pri­mary School in Aksu City were rush­ing out­side to the play­ground at lunchtime when some tripped and fell. One pupil is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. — Xin­hua

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