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Coach crash in China's northwest kills at least 36

Coach crash in China's northwest kills at least 36
From Al Jazeera - August 10, 2017

A passenger coach crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China's northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others, official media reported on Friday.

The injured were sent to the hospital and rescue efforts were ongoing.

The accident occurred in Shaanxi province late on Thursday as the coach was on its way along the Xi'an-Hanzhong expresswayto Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the provincial police bureau.

More details were not immediately available, and it was not clear if the coach was the only vehicle involved.

Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun ordered a swift investigation into the accident, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.

Road accidents common

Highway accidents are common in China because of high speeds, aggressive driving and a failure to leave adequate braking distance.

China does not release statistics on the total number of accidents each year, but the World Health Organization estimated in 2013 that around 250,000 people were killed on Chinese roads that year.

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