Home > News > World
Thursday April 10, 2014 MYT 6:25:02 PM
Thursday April 10, 2014 MYT 6:26:13 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight school children died in a bus crash on China's southern island province of Hainan on Thursday on their way to a school outing, state media reported, in the latest in a string of traffic accidents to fuel public anger.
Accidents involving vehicles carrying school children have become a sensitive issue in China after a series of gruesome incidents in recent years.
In 2011, a nationwide outcry erupted over the deaths of 18 nursery school children after a coal truck slammed into their overcrowded school van in northwestern China.
The tragedy prompted then-premier Wen Jiabao to promise more government funds to improve school bus services.
Xinhua, the official news agency, reported that 32 children were injured in Thursday's accident, four of them seriously, when the bus, travelling along with 13 others, overturned.
The cause of the crash is being investigated, it added.
China's rural areas are known for providing unsafe transport for children in aging, badly maintained vans and trucks.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
U.S. general says he believes North Korea can build nuclear warhead
Venezuela's Maduro slams Spain's Rajoy over jailed opponent
Virginia remains identified as those of missing college student
U.S. diplomat criticises PM Orban's Russia policies
Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks
No U.S. troop cuts without credible North Korea nuclear deal, says Kerry
Boys learn about sympathy and altruism from having siblings
Henley in sole charge after birdie blitz at Sea Island
Ever ready to help save lives
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)