36 people killed in road mishap at China

Friday 11 August 2017 2 months ago 29   Beijing   Print

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Report  Web Desk : BEIJING: At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a wall at the mouth of an expressway tunnel in northern China, authorities said Friday. The coach crashed at the Qinling tunnel in Ankang, a city in Shaanxi province, on Thursday night, according to the State Administration of Work Safety. Photos published by the official Xinhua news agency show the front of the red bus pushed in by the force of the crash. It was unclear if the crash occurred inside or just outside the tunnel. The photos showed a tow truck at the scene along with rescue workers surveying the damage on the road just outside the tunnel near forested hills. Twisted metal was strewn in front of the bus, several windows were broken and a front tyre was blown out. "The coach was seriously mangled," the State Administration of Work Safety said in a statement, adding the cause of the accident was under investigation. The bus had departed from Chengdu in southwest Sichuan province en route to the central city of Luoyang. The injured have been rushed to hospital. The bus had a 51-passenger capacity and was carrying 49 people, the statement said. Local media said two children were aboard. 02