Over­loaded minibus crashes, kills 10 in China

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS -

Bei­jing: Chi­nese state me­dia say an over­loaded minibus has fallen into a ravine, killing five chil­dren and five adults in south­ern China’s Guangxi re­gion. The of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency says the nine- seat bus was car­ry­ing 20 peo­ple when it went off a moun­tain road and plunged into the ravine on Fri­day. The other 10 pas­sen­gers were hos­pi­talised with in­juries, in­clud­ing a 3- mon­thold in­fant in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Sur­vivors told state- run China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion that the group was trav­el­ing from the re­gion’s cap­i­tal city of Nan­ning to Dahua county for a wed­ding. Trans­porta­tion safety re­mains a chal­lenge in China’s ru­ral and moun­tain­ous ar­eas. Over­load­ing is com­mon, partly be­cause there are not enough bus ser­vices in re­mote re­gions and be­cause trav­el­ers are likely to brush aside safety con­cerns.

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