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Driver too fast in bus crash that killed 15

By Xu Chi  (Shanghai Daily)

08:27, January 05, 2012

Speeding, poor driving by an unqualified driver and lax supervision are to blame for last month's school bus accident that killed 15 pupils in the eastern city of Xuzhou, an investigation report said yesterday.

The main factor in the December 12 crash was that the bus - carrying 47 pupils - was traveling too fast, said the report issued by the Office of Work Safety Commission of the State Council.

The speeding vehicle overturned into a ditch to avoid hitting a pedicab in Fengxian County.

In addition to the fatalities, eight pupils were injured.

Investigators also found that while the driver held a driving license, it did not permit him to drive buses.

And the probe said the driver failed to act properly in trying to avoid the pedicab.

The accident has also revealed a lack of supervision on school bus management and road safety. The office will announce punishments for those held responsible for the accident, the report said.

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