At least 36 killed, 36 hurt in China road crash

BEIJING (AFP) – At least 36 people died and 36 others were injured in east China when a packed coach with a flat tyre collided with a truck, authorities said yesterday.

The bus was carrying 69 people – its maximum capacity – when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the freight truck on an expressway in eastern Jiangsu province on Saturday morning, the Yixing public security bureau said.

A preliminary investigation determined that the accident was caused by a flat tyre on the left front wheel of the bus, the bureau said in a statement.

Nine people were seriously injured, 26 were slightly hurt and one was discharged from hospital. The Changchun-Shenzhen expressway reopened after eight hours of rescue work.

Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced.