November 16, 2011

Nine Passenger School Van Crashes - 18 Kindergarten Students Killed, 44 Hospitalized

Beijing, China (The Weekly Vice) - Eighteen Kindergarten students and 2 adults were killed Wednesday after a school transport van crashed into a dump truck.

Luckily, 44 additional passengers on board the van survived the crash.

According to China's state media, 64 people were riding inside the van as it headed to a school in China's Gansu province. The trip was cut short, however, when the van crashed head-on into a dump truck that was headed the opposite direction.

Investigators say 18 children, the bus driver and a teacher were killed in the crash while 44 additional children remained hospitalized. The van was headed to Little Doctor Kindergarten in Qingyang city when the crash occurred.

The front end of the 9 passenger vehicle was completely demolished, instantly killing the driver and at least three children upon impact.

Overcrowding on school buses is common in China. Earlier this year, a minivan with eight seats was stopped while carrying 64 preschoolers.

Chinese officials say the central government is trying to provide more funding to its school systems, however many vehicles used to transport children to school are vastly outdated, poorly maintained and void of enforced safety standards.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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