27 killed in China bus crash

Twenty-seven people were killed in a bus accident in southwest China on Sunday, police said, in the country’s deadliest road accident so far this year.

Sandu Provincial Police, in a statement posted on social media, said the accident occurred on a highway in rural Guizhou province when the vehicle carrying 47 people in total rolled onto its side.

Police said the remaining 20 people were being treated for injuries and paramedics were dispatched to the scene, without providing further details.

The accident occurred in Qian’an County – a poor, remote and mountainous area of ​​Guizhou, home to many ethnic minorities.

Two social media posts, which have since been deleted, by China’s road network monitoring service, said the accident occurred at around 2:40 a.m. (1840 GMT on Saturday), according to screenshots circulated on Weibo-like website. Twitter.

Social media users angrily asked why a passenger bus was moving on a highway in the early hours of the morning, when many of the county’s major roads were closed to normal traffic.

One hundred toll stations in Guizhou have been closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and long-distance passenger flights across China have been banned from 2:00 am to 5:00 am.

Guizhou is in the midst of the Covid outbreak that has seen more than 900 new infections in the past two days alone.

The provincial capital Guiyang, with a population of six million, closed earlier in September.

A police statement said the bus was traveling south in the direction of Guiyang, bound for Libo county.

Road accidents are still fairly common in China, where erratic enforcement and lax safety standards have led to a string of deaths over the years.

In June, a driver was killed after a high-speed train derailed in Guizhou Province.

And in March, the crash of a Chinese passenger plane killed all 132 people on board, marking the worst aviation accident in China in decades.

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