Coach crash in China kills at least 36

Coach crash in China kills at least 36

Coach crash in China kills at least 36

A coach has crashed into the wall of a tunnel in China, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13, state media report.

The crash took place just before midnight on August 10 in the northwestern province of Shaanxi.

Xinhua says the injured have been sent to the hospital and rescue efforts were ongoing.

Pictures of the aftermath show the front of the bus completely smashed in.

The bus had left Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province Thursday night, and was headed for Luoyang city in Henan Province.

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

Traffic deaths are not uncommon in China.

China's frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. According to official statistics, 58 000 people were killed in accidents in 2015, a figure that is stable compared to the previous year.

Last month, 11 people died when a bus carrying 19 people collided with a lorry on a national highway in northern Hebei province.

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