China school bus crash kills at least 15 children: report

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 8:33 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - At least 15 children were killed when a school bus crashed in China's eastern province of Jiangsu, state media said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of traffic accidents that has drawn public ire across the country.

The bus fell into a ditch following a failed attempt to veer off the road to avoid a pedicab, Xinhua news agency said.

At least eight children were injured in the accident, which happened in the early evening on Monday.

Xinhua had conflicting accounts on the number of children on board the bus but all reports suggested the bus was not overloaded. Xinhua last reported that 29 were on board.

An outcry erupted across China in early November after 18 nursery school children were killed when a coal truck slammed into their overcrowded school van in northwestern China.

The tragedy prompted Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to promise more government funds to provide improved school bus services.

Rural areas in China in particular are known for unsafe transportation for children in aging, badly maintained vans and trucks.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Ken Wills; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)