Crash: 15 Killed in North China Bus Plunge image

Fifteen tourists were killed and 19 have been injured after a tourist bus plummeted into a rocky ravine in China’s northern Shanxi province.

The driver and 18 passengers were injured, including two listed in critical condition and 12 with serious wounds, authorities said.

According to the local police, the bus driver lost control, causing the vehicle to fall 50 meters into a gorge near Jincheng city in Gaoping county at 9:25 a.m. local time (0125 GMT) on Saturday.
All the passengers were tourists from the city of Yima in Henan Province, a survivor named Zhao Qini told Xinhua.

The bus was operated by a state-run firm from Sanmenxia city in neighbouring Henan province. It was en route to Henan’s Jiyuan city when it crashed, official Xinhua news agency quoted traffic police as saying.

Earlier this month at least 28 people were killed and dozens injured in three separate bus crashes that occurred on a single day in southern China.

According to AFP, at least 70,000 people die and 300,000 more are injured in road accidents every year in China, compared to 32,000 traffic-related fatalities per year in the US.