Bus ac­ci­dent kills 21 in China: state me­dia

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

A bus plunged 100 me­ters into a river in south­west China on Satur­day killing 21 peo­ple, state me­dia re­ported.

An ad­di­tional three peo­ple were also in­jured when the bus car­ry­ing 24 pas­sen­gers went off a moun­tain road onto a dry river bed, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said.

Fa­tal road ac­ci­dents are a se­ri­ous prob­lem in China, where the high­way net­work and num­ber of new driv­ers are ex­pand­ing rapidly while traf­fic laws and safety are widely flouted.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the bus was il­le­gally us­ing a road in­tended for smaller ve­hi­cles in Bi­jie city, Guizhou prov­ince, the re­port said.

Road ac­ci­dents killed more than 87,200 peo­ple from about 426,000 ac­ci­dents in the first 10 months of 2014, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity, a 1.9 per­cent in­crease from the same pe­riod in 2013.

But a study pub­lished in 2011 by a group of Chi­nese and U.S. re­searchers con­cluded that the num­ber of deadly ac­ci­dents was twice as high as po­lice said.

In July last year, 43 peo­ple died when a van car­ry­ing in­flammable liq­uid hit a bus on a mo­tor­way in cen­tral China.

In Au­gust, a tour bus plunged into a val­ley in Ti­bet af­ter hit­ting two ve­hi­cles, leav­ing 44 peo­ple dead and 11 in­jured.

Road ac­ci­dents is the third largest cause of death in China, killing more peo­ple than can­cer, ac­cord­ing to a study in the UK med­i­cal jour­nal The Lancet.

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