Second Chinese bus accident kills 10, including 5 children

Reuters Middle East

BEIJING, Dec 28 (Reuters) - At least 10 people, including

five children, died when their overloaded minibus plunged into a

mountain valley in southern China on Friday, state media

reported, the latest in a string of such accidents which have

sparked public anger.

The nine-seat vehicle was carrying 20 people when it ran off

the road in Guangxi region, the official Xinhua news agency

reported. Ten survived, including a three-month-old infant who

was in critical condition, it added.

The deaths of 18 nursery school children in a bus crash in

November last year caused a wave of fury and prompted Premier

Wen Jiabao to pledge more money for rural bus services,

especially for those carrying children.

Earlier this week, 11 Chinese kindergarten children died

when their minivan fell into a pond.

Despite the pledge, there has been a string of similar

accidents. Transport is notoriously dangerous in rural China,

where buses and trucks are old and badly maintained and traffic

rules are widely ignored.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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