21 people die in bus accident in Southwest China, 15 hospitalized - UPDATED

21 people die in bus accident in Southwest China, 15 hospitalized - UPDATED
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A bus fell into a lake at the Hongshan reservoir in the city of Anshun in southwest China's Guizhou Province on Tuesday, killing at least 21 people, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Fifteen others have been injured as of late afternoon and transferred to a hospital.

The incident happened at around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday when the bus smashed through a guardrail and sliding down the reservoir, video footage showed.

The bus has been dragged out now.

A media report said students were among the passengers as China's national college entrance examination kicked off on Tuesday morning.

It's not immediately clear what caused the incident and how many were on board the bus. Rescue operations are underway.

 

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A bus carrying students has crashed into a local reservoir in China’s Guizhou Province, APA reports quoting the Global Times.

The number of casualties is currently unknown; a rescue operation is underway.

The incident comes as China is holding its annual 'gaokao' university entrance exam that was originally scheduled for June but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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