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By Xu Pingting  (Chinadaily.com.cn)

13:33, November 21, 2011

School bus accident

A school bus accident that killed 19 children and 2 adults on Nov 16 in northwest China has triggered nationwide safety awareness.

The nine-seat van was carrying 64 people when it collided with a coal truck while traveling to a kindergarten in Qingyang city, Gansu province.

On the same day of the accident, the Ministry of Education urged schools to "immediately inspect the safety conditions of the student buses traveling to and from schools". Following this, a nationwide campaign for school bus safety began.

A discussion of what is considered a 'safe school bus' became popular on micro blogs. Many advocated American-like yellow school buses with specific warning and safety devices. But some questioned the root of the problem: "what if an American school bus is stuffed with many kids?"

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