35 dead in China bus crash

At least 35 people were killed and 18 injured when a bus rolled after colliding with a car on a highway in northern China on Friday, state media reported.

The accident happened near the port city of Tianjin, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local authorities.

A city traffic management official quoted by Xinhua said the coach was speeding and many passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

The fatal crash was the latest on China’s notoriously dangerous roads, where drivers often flout seldom-enforced traffic safety laws.

In September, nine people were killed and more than 20 injured when a passenger bus rear-ended a cement truck on a highway in eastern China’s Anhui province.

Almost 70,000 people died in road accidents in China in 2009 – around 190 fatalities a day – according to police statistics.

China overtook the United States in 2009 to become the world’s largest auto market.


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