Amid concerns about bus safety due to three separate crashes that happened in one day earlier this month, 15 tourists were killed and another 19 were injured in another recent bus crash in Shanxi Province when the bus drove into a ravine. The cause of the accident is still unknown. AFP reports:
Photographs on the government’s news website showed rescuers hauling passengers out of the 50-metre (165-feet) gorge on stretchers, some with blood on their faces, with the bus lying on its side, its windows completely smashed.
China’s roads are notoriously dangerous, with traffic laws and safety widely flouted.According to police statistics, around 70,000 people die and 300,000 more are injured in road accidents every year in China, state media have reported.
But the World Health Organisation said in a recent study the true figure was almost twice that number, citing hospital and medical clinic statistics.
According to Times Live, the bus, operated by a state-run firm, was carrying 34 passengers and running from Sanmenxia city to Jiyuan city in Henan province.