Friday, September 30, 2022

A Fatal Bus Crash Claims The Lives Of 27 People And Injures 20 Others In Guizhou, China

Police in southwest China on Sunday reported that a bus crash had resulted in the death of 27 people, making it the nation’s bloodiest traffic accident so far this year.

The tragedy occurred on a road in rural Guizhou province when the automobile carrying 47 passengers “flipped onto its side,” a statement from Sandu county police shared on social media read.

The remaining 20 victims are receiving medical attention for their injuries, according to police, who made this statement without providing any other details.

The accident happened in Qiannan prefecture, a poor, remote, hilly area of Guizhou that is home to several ethnic minorities.

Two social media posts by the China Road Network monitoring service, which have since been deleted, said the accident occurred at around 2:40am (1840 GMT on Saturday), according to screenshots circulating on the Twitter-like Weibo.

Social media users angrily demanded why a passenger bus was travelling down a highway in the early hours of the day when many major roads in the province have been closed to regular traffic.

“This feeling can’t simply be represented by lighting a candle and saying RIP,” read one Weibo post with more than 15,000 likes.

One hundred toll stations are shuttered in Guizhou because of Covid-19 restrictions and long-distance passenger journeys across China are banned from running between 2am and 5am.

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