At least 11 people died on Sunday April 4 after a collision between a bus and a heavy goods vehicle in eastern China, state media reported, in the middle of an extended weekend conducive to travel. According to preliminary information, the truck crashed into a crash barrier before hitting the bus on a highway in Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai.
The accident happened in the middle of the night around 1 a.m. (5 p.m. GMT Saturday), according to the official China New news agency. The number of passengers in the bus was not specified and the number of injured was not known for the time being. Traffic was stopped at the scene of the accident but two heavy goods vehicles subsequently collided from behind, New China added.
Road accidents are common in China
Nighttime footage broadcast by local media showed the coach overturned on its side, amid debris from the crash barrier. Other early morning videos showed rescue vehicles and two cranes in action at the crash site.
China marks Qingmingjie Sunday, the feast of the dead, an important day for the Chinese who traditionally go with their families to the tomb of their ancestors. This celebration is the subject of a public holiday on Monday and usually gives rise to many trips around the country. Road accidents are still common in China, due to poor compliance with the highway code.