[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

China school bus crash kills 11 children

An overloaded van carrying kindergarten students plunges into roadside pond in rural Jiangxi province.
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2012 20:02

Eleven children have been killed when the van transporting them to school plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China.

Chinese media reported on Monday that three children died at the scene of the accident and eight died later in hospital in Guixi city of Jiangxi province.

According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a Hong Kong-based rights group, emergency responders took 70 minutes to arrive at the scene.

The group also said that the van had been overloaded with 15 kindergarten students - its maximum capacity being only seven people.

Reports say that police detained the driver for questioning and are investigating the cause of the accident.

Another Chinese news agency reported that the van belonged to a kindergarten which did not have a government license to operate.

In November 2011, a nine-seat private school van overloaded with 62 kindergarten children collided with a truck, killing 19 children and two adults. The incident led then-prime minister Wen Jiabao to pledge improvement of school bus safety.

165

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.