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36 Die in China When Bus Collides With Truck Loaded With Gas

Passenger Bus Collides With Truck Loaded With Gas
Police and rescuers remove bodies from a burnt out double-decker sleeper bus after a collision with a tanker truck near Yanan in northern China's Shaanxi province on Sunday. Source: AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A tanker truck carrying methanol collided with a bus full of passengers in northwest China, killing 36 people and prompting a government investigation.

The double-decker sleeper bus burst into flame after slamming into the truck on a highway at 2 a.m., the state-run Xinhua News Agency said, citing local police. Three people on the bus survived the crash, while the two people in the tanker were unhurt and have been taken into custody, it said.

Mishandling of disasters by local authorities has sparked public discontent in China in recent years. Last year, criticism of the government spread on microblogs after two high-speed trains collided in Wenzhou, killing 40 people. A bus crash in Gansu province in November killed 21 people, mostly children.

The bus that crashed today was traveling from the city of Hohhot to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, according to the report. The State Council, China’s Cabinet, will investigate the accident and guide local authorities in rescue work, Xinhua said.

Also today, ten people were killed and two were hurt when a van crashed into a truck in southwest China, Xinhua said, citing local authorities.

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