Bus overturns in northwestern China, killing 22

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Posted: Feb 25, 2015 9:48 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A bus overturned on a highway in China's far western region of Xinjiang, killing 22 people and injuring 38, state media said Wednesday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident occurred shortly before midnight on Tuesday night in Kashgar prefecture. It said all of the injured were hospitalized and the cause of the accident was being investigated.

Images on news websites attributed to state broadcaster CCTV showed the bus with its chassis twisted, windows smashed and apparently burned in places. Several tires were torn or burned off, and the ground in front was strewn with debris. There was no clear indication of what caused the bus to overturn.

The accident came at the tail end of the annual Lunar New Year travel rush.

Calls to the Bachu County police headquarters rang unanswered Wednesday night.

China has a high road fatality rate, and traffic accidents killed more than 62,000 people in 2011. Inexperienced drivers and overloaded buses and trucks are common.