At least 11 killed in China holiday weekend bus crash

BEIJING (AFP) – At least 11 people were killed after a truck collided with a passenger bus in eastern China over a busy holiday weekend, state media reported yesterday.

The truck drove through a barrier on a highway north of Shanghai in Jiangsu province and crashed into the bus around 1am local time yesterday, the Xinhua news agency said.

As traffic piled up at the site of the crash, two other trucks were involved in a rear-end collision.

Nineteen people were injured and sent to the hospital, according to Xinhua. Footage broadcast by local media showed the passenger bus overturned amid debris from the barrier.

Other early morning videos showed rescue vehicles and two cranes in action.

Yesterday marked the annual Qingming – tomb-sweeping – festival when Chinese people visit the graves of relatives and leave offerings in remembrance.

Road accidents are still common in China, due to poor compliance with the highway code.

Heavy traffic on wide Chinese multi-lane highway against various modern Beijing city buildings under blue sky with floating clouds on sunny day