Monday, May 24, 2010


BEIJING, May 24 (AFP) - Twelve people were killed Monday in a head-on bus collision in China, state media reported, bringing to 70 the number of transport-related deaths over the past two days.

A further 31 passengers were injured when the two buses crashed into each other in the southern region of Guangxi, the official Xinhua news agency quoted local police as saying.

Neither of the buses was overloaded -- as is often the case in China -- and the cause of the crash was being investigated.

China's roads are among the most dangerous in the world, with driving rules and traffic laws widely flouted.

The collision is the latest in a string of deadly transport accidents in China in the past two days. On Sunday alone, at least 58 people died in three separate incidents.

In the northeastern province of Liaoning, 33 people were killed and another 24 injured when a truck travelling in the wrong direction on an expressway collided head-on with a bus.

In nearby Heilongjiang province, a bus that was boarding a river ferry plunged into the water, killing six people and leaving 14 others missing.

And at least 19 passengers died and another 71 were hurt when a train derailed in a mountainous area of the eastern province of Jiangxi after a landslide damaged the tracks

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