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Death toll rises to 18 after bus falls off bridge in SW China

(Xinhua)

13:21, January 05, 2012

GUIYANG, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Two more have died raising the death toll to 18 after a bus plunged off bridge in southwest Guizhou Province Wednesday, local authorities said Thursday.

The 53-seat bus with 57 passengers aboard, including four infants, fell off the bridge and into a 10-meter-deep crevice at about 6:30 p.m. while traveling on an icy section of the Lanzhou-Haikou expressway in Guiding county, said a spokesman with the county government.

An initial investigation found that the driver was fatigued and speeding, according to the spokesman.

Among the 37 injured, six are in critical condition.

The bus was heading to Xuyong county, Sichuan Province from Yiwu city, Zhejiang Province, and registered under the Kaihong Passenger Travel Co. in the city of Huangshan, Anhui province.

A further investigation is under way.

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