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9 killed, 24 injured in SW China road accident

(Xinhua)

13:26, February 19, 2012

Zhou Ruixuan, a young boy who lost his parents in a traffic accident, is taken care of by a medical worker in hospital at Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 19, 2012. At least 9 were killed and another 24 injured after a 47-seater coach overturned on an expressway in Nanhua county of Chuxiong at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday. A total of 37 passengers were on the coach heading towards Dali from Chuxiong when the accident occured, according to local authorities. (Xinhua/Ma Jun)

KUNMING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were killed and another 24 injured after a 47-seater coach overturned on an expressway in Nanhua county of Yunnan province late Saturday, local authorities said Sunday.

Among the injured, one was in serious condition, according to a written statement by the Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture government.

The accident happened at 11:25 p.m. Saturday when the coach with 37 passengers aboard was heading towards Dali from Chuxiong.

All the injured are receiving treatment in local hospitals. Among them, two are Chinese French and one is Chinese Indonesian. The three were slightly injured, it said.

The cause of the accident remains unknown.

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