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School van accident in China, 11 children killed

Last Updated: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 19:29

Beijing: At least 11 children were killed and four others injured when a school van plunged into a pond in eastern China, state media reported Monday.
Te van carrying 15 kindergarten children and one teacher plunged into a roadside pond this morning at Guixi City in Jiangxi Province, a spokesman for the local government said.
Three children died on the spot while another eight died at a local hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The four injured are in stable condition, the spokesman said, adding the pond is about three to four meters deep.

Police have detained the van`s driver for questioning.

Overcrowding on Chinese school buses is common in rural areas. Today`s accident is the latest in a string of deadly crashes in China involving school children.

Last year, a small school van overloaded with 62 children crashed head-on with a truck in western China, leaving 19 people dead.


First Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 - 19:29
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