Dozens killed in China bus accident

At least 36 killed in China bus crash state media

A passenger bus in China crashed into the wall of a tunnel on Thursday, leaving 36 people dead and 13 injured, according to officials.

Rescue work is underway. Victims were taken to nearby hospitals.

Photos of the tragedy show the front of the vehicle crushed by the shock, just at the entrance of the tunnel, while the rest of the auto is bright red, seems to be nearly intact.

The State Administration of Work Safety and the Ministry of Public Security have dispatched work teams respectively to oversee investigation and handling of the aftermath.

Midway through its long-distance journey from Chengdu to the central city of Luoyang, the coach crashed in Qinling tunnel. The bus had a 51-passenger capacity and was carrying 49 people, the statement said. Local media said two children were on board.

Deadly road accidents are common in China, notes the BBC.

Other figures showed traffic law violations caused nearly 90% of accidents where people died or were injured in 2015. Just last month, 11 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a highway in Hebei province.

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