School bus crash in E China kills 11 kindergarteners

2014-11-20 00:54:37 GMT2014-11-20 08:54:37(Beijing Time)  Agencies

Eleven children have been killed and three injured in a traffic accident in China.

The children, aged between three and six, were being driven to school in Yantai, Shandong Province, when their vehicle was crushed by a lorry.

According to images taken by eyewitnesses and posted on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, the mini-bus they were travelling in was crushed by a large truck carrying sand. The victims were buried by the sand which flowed into the van through its broken windows.

The driver of the minibus also died in the accident, which happened at just after 7.30am on Wednesday morning on the new airport road in Yantai.

A series of cranes and diggers were used to try to lift the lorry, clear the sand and free the passengers.

The cause of the accident is now under investigation and the driver of the lorry is being questioned by police.

Authorities will also look into the number of children who were travelling in the minibus. Local reports suggest that it should have been carrying eight passengers yet there were 15 people on board, including the driver.

Accidents involving packed school buses are common in China.

In 2011, some 17 children and two adults were killed when a nine-seater school minibus carrying a staggering 62 children crashed on its way to school in western China.

It caused nationwide anger and prompted authorities to improve the policing of over-full school buses.

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