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Police investigating traffic accident that killed 17 in SW China

(Xinhua)

08:26, November 25, 2011

CHENGDU, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- An initial investigation into Wednesday's traffic accident that killed 17 people in southwest China's Sichuan Province showed that the "farm vehicle" in the case had plunged into a ravine off a rugged road high on the mountain, local authorities said Thursday.

The "major" traffic accident happened between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday in Egu township of Yajiang county in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, when the farm vehicle with 19 people aboard fell 110 meters into a ravine off a mountain road, the prefecture government announced in a statement.

The Sichuan Provincial Work Safety Bureau had previously stated that the accident took place at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday.

The 19 people included 16 local residents and three migrant workers, the statement said.

A child was among the dead. Two other people were injured, including one in severe condition, and they are being treated a hospital in Garze, it said.

Local public security, traffic, work safety and health authorities are looking into the accident, the statement said.

Egu township is a remote rural area in Sichuan with poor communication capabilities.

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