Coach crash in road tunnel kills at least 36 in central China

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A passenger coach has crashed into the wall of a expressway tunnel in China, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13, state media reported on Friday.

The accident occurred in Shaanxi province at around 11:34 pm as the coach was on its way to Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the provincial police bureau.

The front end of the red bus was left mangled after it ploughed into the wall at the entrance to the tunnel. Two children were among those killed, and all the injured had been taken to a hospital, the reports said.

Rescue work was still under way as the injured people were taken to hospital.

The country’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. But China does not release statistics on the total number of accidents each year.

The World Health Organisation estimates that traffic accidents kill around 260,000 people in mainland China each year – a rate of 18.8 in every 100,000 people.

Xinhua | Associated Press

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