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43 killed in a day of deadly accidents in China


Beijing: At least 43 people were killed and 12 others injured in three separate accidents in China today including a bus accident that claimed the lives of 33 people, officials said.

The accident happened this afternoon, when a bus carrying more than 40 people plunged 30 meters down into a ravine in Chunhua county of Xianyang city, said an official with the county’s publicity office.

While 25 passengers died on the spot, eight others who were severely injured died later despite medical treatment, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Pictures from the accident site showed an upside down crashed white bus in the forested ravine.

In another accident four people were killed while 12 others were injured after a truck rammed into a crowd in southwest Yunnan province.

The dead and injured were attending a fair in the township of Houde this morning, when the truck lost control.

In a separate case in Yunnan’s adjacent Sichuan province, two buses collided, killing six in the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba.

Road accidents are common place in the communist nation where traffic rules are often not followed and while official statistics are shrouded in mystery, according to latest WHO figures, nearly 20,000 people loose their lives in road accidents in China every year.

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