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15 dead after bus plunges into valley in Xinjiang

China Daily)  09:20, June 19, 2013  

Photo taken on June 18, 2013 shows the tourist bus of the road accident in Changji City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The death toll has risen to 15 in an accident in which a tourist bus fell into a valley on Tuesday in Changji, according to the local government. Four people died at the scene, while another 11 people died after hospital treatments failed. The other 21 passengers sustained injuries and are still being treated. Heavy fog that reduced visibility has been blamed for the accident. (Xinhua)

At least 15 people were killed after a bus with 36 passengers fell into a valley in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened at around 5:15 pm in an area with an average altitude of 2,000 meters near Miaoergou village, in the Changji Hui autonomous prefecture.

The passengers were employees of a local company who were returning after touring an attraction near the village, the Xinjiang information office said on Tuesday evening.

The bus, which was not overloaded, rolled over and fell about 40 meters into the valley. The road on which it was traveling was wet and muddy because it had rained during the day, the Changji public security bureau said. According to initial investigations, mist and poor visibility might be partly to blame for the accident.

Mist in the valley has also hampered rescue work, but all the passengers have been transferred to hospitals in Changji city, capital of the prefecture, police said.

Although the rain has stopped, the road on which the accident occurred remained slippery late on Tuesday night. The wreckage of the bus was still in the valley and authorities' investigations continued.

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