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Accidents renew debate over school bus safety

By An Baijie and Xiang Mingchao (China Daily)

09:17, February 20, 2012

ZHENGZHOU - Two accidents on Friday involving vans carrying commuting students, in which at least three children were killed, have brought school bus safety back into the spotlight.

A van carrying 15 students collided with a bus on Friday afternoon in Central China's Henan province, leaving at least one student dead and 13 injured, the local government said on Sunday. None of the bus passengers were injured.

All of the 13 injured students, including two with serious injuries, were listed as being in stable condition on Sunday after hospital treatment, the publicity department of the county said in a statement.

The collision occurred at about 1 pm at a crossing in Luyi county. All of the passengers in the van were students from the local Beiguan Primary School.

The driver of the van fled after the accident and was later taken into police custody, the statement said.

The statement did not elaborate on the cause of the accident. But an official from the county's education bureau said on condition of anonymity that the van appears to have been overloaded.

"Usually, a van is licensed to carry at most eight passengers. However, this one carried 15 passengers and a driver," said the official.

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