South Korean official falls to death in China

A senior South Korean official fell to his death from a hotel on Sunday in northeast China where he had been handling the aftermath of a recent bus crash that killed 10 South Korean government officials.

Beijing: A senior South Korean official fell to his death from a hotel on Sunday in northeast China where he had been handling the aftermath of a recent bus crash that killed 10 South Korean government officials.

The police in Ji'an City said the deceased official was identified as Choi Doo Yeong, president of the Suwon-based Local Government Officials Development Institute of South Korea.

The state-run Xinhua news agency cited local authorities in the Jilin Province city of Ji'an as confirming that Choi, had fallen to his death.

He came to China with Chung Chae-gun, vice minister with the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, to deal with a bus crash that killed 10 South Korean nationals.

A bus, carrying 26 South Korean tourists and a Chinese tour guide, fell off a bridge last week in Jilin.

Eleven people, including 10 South Korean passengers and the Chinese driver, were killed. The injured are still receiving treatment.

The South Korean victims were among a group of 148 government officials who were on a training trip to China.

The city government said that the bus was on a mountain road with a speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour, but that the 39-year-old driver was driving at speeds up to twice as fast.  

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