8 students dead, 26 injured in trampling

08:29, December 08, 2009      

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Eight teenagers were confirmed dead and 26 others injured in a stampede at a central China school Monday night, local authorities said early Tuesday.

The accident happened at around 9:10 p.m. at the privately run Yucai Middle School in Xiangxiang, a small city in Xiangtan of Hunan Province, said a publicity official with the Xiangtan committee of the Communist Party of China.

He said the students had just finished their evening study session and were going downstairs when one of them toppled and caused dozens others to lose balance.

The injured students were being treated at three hospitals in Xiangxiang.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Source:Xinhua
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