Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Coach crash in China's northwest kills at least 36, hurts 13

Coach crash in China's northwest kills at least 36, hurts 13

Shortly before midnight, police said the long-distance bus hit a wall in the Qinling tunnel, part of the Xi'an-Hanzhong Expressway.

BEIJING | At least 36 people were killed and 13 others were injured in an accident of coach in a tunnel in the north of China, announced on Friday the new China news agency.

Accounts of the accident by the official Xinhua news agency did not indicate whether any other vehicles were involved.

Sichuan province is already reeling from another tragedy as 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured in an quake that struck the region Tuesday night.

The photos showed a tow truck at the scene along with rescue workers surveying the damage on the road just outside the tunnel near forested hills.

Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun ordered a swift investigation into the accident, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.

China does not release statistics on the total number of accidents each year, but the World Health Organization estimated in 2013 that around 250,000 people were killed on Chinese roads that year.

The injured have been taken to hospital, Xinhua said.

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