China bus wreck kills 36

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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