18 killed, 14 injured in China bus-truck highway collision

18 killed, 14 injured in China bus-truck highway collision
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Medical workers transfer an injured person in a hospital after a road accident which left 18 people dead and 14 injured, in Hengyang in China's central Hunan province on June 30, 2018. (AFP)
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An injured person (C) receives medical treatment in a hospital after a road accident which left 18 people dead and 14 injured, in Hengyang in China's central Hunan province on June 30, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 30 June 2018

18 killed, 14 injured in China bus-truck highway collision

18 killed, 14 injured in China bus-truck highway collision
  • Eighteen people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in central China.
  • The accident took place Friday evening in Hunan province south of Beijing.

BEIJING: Eighteen people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in central China, police said Saturday.
The accident took place Friday evening in Hunan province south of Beijing. Video from the scene showed both heavily damaged vehicles along the rain-slicked highway. It appeared that one of the vehicles may have crossed a center divider.
Speeding, dangerous passing, poorly maintained vehicles and fatigued drivers are most often the cause of serious traffic accidents in China. Friday’s accident appeared to be one of the worst in recent months.
Despite vast improvements in safety, the World Health Organization says about 260,000 Chinese die each year in traffic accidents, many of them pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcycle riders. Long-distance buses are a cheaper alternative to high-speed trains or planes for the vast majority of working-class Chinese traveling around the vast country.