At least seven South Koreans killed in China bus crash: Xinhua

 At least seven South Koreans were killed on Wednesday in a bus crash in northeastern China, state media said, while a government official in Seoul put the toll at 10.

Beijing: At least seven South Koreans were killed on Wednesday in a bus crash in northeastern China, state media said, while a government official in Seoul put the toll at 10.

The bus, carrying 26 South Koreans, swerved off a bridge in the northeastern Chinese city of Jian, Jilin province, falling into a river, a foreign ministry official in Seoul said.

The ministry was trying to confirm the death toll and feared it could rise above 10, the unnamed official told South Korea`s Yonhap news agency.

Official Chinese news agency Xinhua said that seven Koreans were killed, along with a Chinese tour guide and local driver, quoting local government sources.

Photographs showed the wreckage of the bus, upside down, half in the water, with a bulldozer trying to lift it.

The victims were travelling on a training programme organised by a South Korean government ministry.

A consular official based in the nearby city of Shenyang has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, Yonhap said.

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