China bus wreck kills 36
BEIJING — A long-distance passenger bus crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China’s northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others, official media outlets reported today.
The front end of the red bus was left mangled after it plowed into the wall at the entrance to the tunnel on a four-lane highway, according to photos published by state media outlets.
The crash occurred in Shaanxi province shortly before midnight Thursday as the bus with a legal carrying capacity of 51 people was on its way to Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan.
Such long-distance buses are a common mode of transport, particularly for migrant workers and other lowincome Chinese.
The Xinhua News Agency and other media outlets said the bus was the only vehicle damaged, although it wasn’t clear whether any other vehicles were involved in the crash. Photos on news websites showed the vehicle being towed out of the tunnel with no sign of it having caught fire. Two children were among those killed, and all the injured had been taken to a hospital, the reports said.