road safety

15 Tourists Killed in Bus Crash

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...

This Week (So Far) In School Bus Crashes

Less than one month after Wen Jiabao pledged to improve school bus services in response to the fatal crash of a nine-seat van packed full of preschool students, the media is full of reports on new accidents. To start with, an...

China PM Responds to Outrage Over School Bus Crash

In response to the bus crash that killed 18 preschool students in Gansu province, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has vowed to improve bus services using central and local government funds.  Reuters reports: The tragedy...

Death Toll Hits 20 in Gansu School Bus Crash

20 people, including 18 preschool students, died Wednesday when a school bus collided with a coal truck in Gansu province, according a local work safety bureau official. From Xinhua News: The accident happened around 9:40 a.m....

Jumper Ignored by Drivers in Chengdu Highway Incident

A video surfaced on Chinese social media sites yesterday showing a woman leaping from a bridge and falling onto a busy highway, where surrounding cars slowed and then drove around her as they passed. Today, Shanghaiist posted...

Protect the Good Samaritan, or Punish the Bad?

As China questions the moral compass of its masses in the aftermath of the horrific hit-and-run death of 2-year old Yue Yue in Foshan, and social and official media discuss the need to create laws to prevent similar negligence...

Another Child Dead in Shenzhen Road Tragedy

As much of China still mourns the horrific death of two-year-old Yue Yue and looks for sources of blame in the face of moral negligence, another child was struck and killed by a vehicle in Shenzhen yesterday. From Shanghaiist:...

Toddler Dies in Hit-and-Run Tragedy as Debate Continues

One week after suffering brain damage in a horrific hit-and-run accident, and despite reports earlier this week that she had shown signs of stability, Guangdong hospital officials announced that 2-year-old Yue Yue died early...

56 Die in 3 Road Accidents During Golden Week Travel Peak

The week-long National Day holiday sees tens of millions travelling around China, with Friday marking the peak; a Xinhua photo gallery shows enormous crowds engulfing tourist sites, train stations and taxi ranks. With so many on...

Chinese Bridge Collapse Kills 22 – BBC News (Updated)

BBC reports that a bridge at Fenghuang County collapsed while 123 workers were removing scaffolding, which caused that “at least 22 people have been killed and up to 46 others are still missing.” Dramatic pictures from the scene showed bulldozers and rescue workers, including about 400 soldiers, searching through a huge pile of rubble. “I […]

Cause of Accidents Surge: Wholesale-settled Citations – News Probe

Chongqing has become a deadly town for bus riders. Fifty-six were killed in two accidents within half a year. Translated from CCTV’s News Probe transcript (photo: crashed bus) via On the afternoon of Oct. 1 last year, a bus full of 50 passengers in Chongqing raced through the traffic, overtaking its competitors to pick […]

Beijing braces for holiday chaos as smog settles – Reuters

Reuters and the Chinese newspaper Yan Zhao Metropolis through their reports all point out that, “China has the most dangerous roads in the world, with accidents killing almost 100,000 people last year, or about 270 a day.” From Reuters: ……China has the most dangerous roads in the world, with accidents killing almost 100,000 people last […]

A well-kept secret: China’s quality highways

From The Detroit News: “When it comes to infrastructure, China always thinks big. Look no further than the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square or giant man-made canals to appreciate the nation’s proclivity for massive public works. Today, China’s number one public works project is building new roads. First-time visitors find themselves awestruck by the quality and […]



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