China says principal drove school van when 11 died

Associated Press

Published — Tuesday 25 December 2012

Last update 25 December 2012 2:58 pm

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BEIJING: Chinese state media say the principal of a kindergarten was driving a school van that plunged into a pond in eastern China, killing 11 children.
Xinhua News Agency says police found that the van was overloaded and the driver “drove improperly.” She has been detained.
Xinhua says an initial investigation found that the seven-seater van — carrying 15 children and two adults — was speeding on a rural road that was undergoing repairs and ended up in a 3-meter-deep pond Monday morning.
Three children died at the scene, while eight others died later in hospital.
Most of the victims were the children of migrant workers and lived with their grandparents.
Xinhua said Tuesday that the privately run kindergarten had operated without a license and officials have ordered it closed.

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