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.