Nine dead, 22 injured in highway accident in north China

11:21, July 02, 2011      

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Nine people were killed and 22 others were injured after a tourist bus fell into a ravine early Saturday in Taigu County, north China's Shanxi Province, rescuers said.

The coach lost control on the Taiyuan-Changzhi expressway and crashed into the roadside ravine, about 15 meters deep, at 3:50 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the rescuers from the Shanxi provincial traffic authorities.

All injured have been sent to hospitals in Taigu and the neighboring county of Yushe. The bus driver was killed and the co-driver was injured.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The rescuers said heavy rains in early Saturday morning had made the expressway wet and slippery.

The Henan-registered coach bound for Henan Province was from Dongsheng City in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Source: Xinhua

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