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6 dead after van overloaded with students plunges into SW China valley (2)


15:02, December 25, 2011

On Wednesday, two rural primary school students died and another 20 were injured after a horse-drawn wagon they were aboard collided with a truck in Yunnan's Qiubei county.

The government immediately banned farming vehicles, unlicensed buses and vans from transporting students in the county.

Schools are few in the vast and sparsely populated rural areas of China. School buses are themselves relatively new, as children in years past would typically hike rugged roads to attend school.

The issue was thrown into the spotlight after a nine-seat school bus illegally carrying 64 people collided head-on with a coal truck in northwest Gansu province on Nov. 16, killing 19 preschoolers, two adults and injuring 43 others.

Premier Wen Jiabao has called on government departments to "rapidly" draft safety regulations and standards for school buses while further improving the design, production and distribution of the vehicles.

Provincial education authorities in Gansu on Saturday said they have ordered stricter rules for school buses and their drivers and demanded school buses to have Global Position System (GPS) installed to ensure they travel safely.

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