Bus slammed in the tunnel in China, killed 36

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

la-fg-china-bus-crash-20170810At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured, when a jam packed bus slammed into a tunnel wall on an expressway in the northern part of China.



The bus has crashed in Qinling tunnel in Shaanxi province, because the bus lost its control as the bus was over crowded and had violated all the traffic laws.



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, Xinhua. The bus had a 51-passenger capacity and was carrying 49 people, including two children.



The deadly road accidents in China are common, where the traffic regulations are often disobeyed or go unenforced by police of China.


The frequently overcrowded long-distance buses in China are particularly prone to fatalities. There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015.



The violations of the traffic laws and the rules caused almost 90 per cent of the road accidents where people died or were injured in 2015, with the total number of such infractions reaching an astonishing 442 million.



Last month, 11 people died and nine were injured when a bus carrying 19 people collided with a lorry on a national highway in northern Hebei province.



There were ten people killed and 38 injured in March when a bus collided with a cement truck in the south western province of Yunnan. At least 18 people were killed when a minibus plunged into a lake in the central city of Wuhan in December.



Last year, the expressway in the northern province of Shanxi killed 17 people and damaged 56 vehicles. In the month of July last year, a coach crashed through a highway guard rail and plunged into a canal near the northern city of Tianjin, killing 26.




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