Chinese Road Accidents Kill 9 Children, Cause 100-Car Pileup
VOA Breaking News (Voice of America)
December 27, 2010 at 8:45 am
Twin tragedies struck Monday on China's highways, with nine schoolchildren killed in one accident and seven people killed in a 100-car pileup in a neighboring province.
The official Xinhua news agency said the children were being driven to school Monday morning when their vehicle plunged off the road and into a creek in central Hunan province. Xinhua said another 10 children are being treated for injuries in a hospital, and one child is missing.
In neighboring Guizhou province, Xinhua said a truck crashed into a gas station at about 8 a.m. during heavy fog. The road blockage caused at least 100 other vehicles to smash into the back of one another, causing a 20-kilometer backup on the highway.
Xinhua said six people died at the scene and one died later in a hospital. The news agency said 15 others were injured.
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