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Death toll in northwest China school bus accident rises to 21

(Xinhua)

08:12, November 18, 2011

ZHENGNING, Gansu, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in a school bus accident in the northwest province of Gansu rose by one to 21 Thursday night, local authorities said.

A five-year-old boy with severe brain and abdominal organ injuries died Thursday night in a local hospital after treatment failed, according to the county government of Zhengning where the accident happened.

The victims, now including 19 preschoolers and two adults, died when a nine-seat school bus illegally carrying 64 people crashed head-on with a coal truck in Yulinzi township, Zhengning, Wednesday morning. A further 43 were injured.

Hundreds of residents in the province's captial of Lanzhou went to a major city square Thursday night to pay tribute to the victims.

The mourners laid flowers and candles on the steps to the square.

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