BEIJING, July 11 Eleven people died, including
eight children, in a school bus crash in China's southern Hunan
province, state media said on Friday, the latest in a string of
traffic accidents that have fuelled public anger over unsafe
transport for school children.
A bus taking kindergartners home on a rural, mountainous
road near Xiangtan city tumbled into a reservoir on Thursday
afternoon, state-run China News Service reported, killing
everyone on the vehicle, including two teachers and the driver.
China News Service said the narrow dirt road, flanked by a
mountain on one side, had no guardrail. All of the victims'
bodies were recovered, it said.
A series of accidents in recent years involving vehicles
carrying school children have made such incidents a sensitive
issue in China.
Eight children died in a bus crash on China's southern
island province of Hainan in April on their way to a school
In 2011, a nationwide outcry erupted over the deaths of 18
nursery school children after a coal truck slammed into their
overcrowded school van in northwestern China.
The tragedy prompted then-premier Wen Jiabao to promise more
government funds to improve school bus services.
China's rural areas are known for providing unsafe transport
for children in aging vans and trucks, often on poorly
(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Michael Perry)