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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chinese school bus crash kills 20 kindergarten students

An overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck in rural western China on Wednesday, killing at least 18 kindergarten children on their way to class as well as two adults, officials said.

Two adults — the driver of the minibus and a teacher at the kindergarten — also died in the accident, said an emergency official surnamed Fan. News of the crash ignited public anger across China, highlighting an underfunded education system that especially shortchanges students in remote areas.

The bus had nine seats, but Fan said it was jammed with 62 children and two adults when it collided with the truck in China's Gansu province, leaving the orange school vehicle crumpled and twisted. Authorities blamed the overloading for the accident, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Four children and the bus driver died at the scene, said Fan, the director of the emergency office of the Gansu provincial work safety bureau. Gao Shaobo, head of traffic police in Zhengning county, where the school is located, later said that 20 people had died and 44 were still hospitalized — two in critical condition and 12 with serious injuries. more