Impact: Double-decker bus collides with tanker in China, killing 36 – photos image

At least 36 died have died in a collision between a double-decker sleeper bus and a highly-flammable methanol on a northern Chinese highway early Sunday.

This is China’s worst traffic accident in more than a year.

There are only three survivors that were hospitalized at this moment, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

The accident occurred at around 2:40 a.m. Sunday in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province, when the double-decker rear-ended the tanker – causing both vehicles to burst into flames.

The accident is the worst in Chine since a fire on an overcrowded sleeper bus carrying flammable materials killed 41 passengers in central China in July last year.
Twenty-three people were killed and three injured in April when a bus and truck collided in the eastern province of Anhui.

Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in China. According to Xinhua, poorly maintained roads and bad driving habits result in about 70,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries a year.

This comes a day after one of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened. Three people died and five were injured in the accident. As of Saturday night, one of the patients was still in critical condition.