36 killed in China bus crash: state media

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BEIJING: At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a tunnel wall on an expressway in northern China, state media said yesterday. The coach crashed in Qinling tunnel in Shaanxi province on Thursday night, according to Xinhua news agency, which cited local authorities. 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 said. According to Sina news website, the bus had a 51-passenger capacity and was carrying 49 people, including two children. Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced by police. The country’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, authorities said in December. Traffic law violations caused almost 90 percent of the road accidents where people died or were injured in 2015.–Agencies

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