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Anhui road accident death toll hits 24

(Xinhua)

14:31, April 12, 2012

HEFEI, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a head-on collision between a bus and a sand-hauling truck in central China's Anhui province on Thursday morning has risen to 24, according to police.

Around noon, a person was confirmed dead in hospital after being rescued from the site of crash, which occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on a section of road near Wangzhai township in the city of Suzhou, local traffic police said.

Another two injured passengers are still in hospital after being rescued from the wreckage of the badly smashed-up vehicles.

It has also been confirmed that the truck driver died in the accident.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the number of passengers on board the vehicles at the time of the crash, and a probe into the cause of the accident is under way.

Traffic accidents on China's roads result in about 70,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries each year, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Speeding, fatigue, drunk-driving and poor road conditions are usually blamed.

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