16 Nov '11, 12pm

17 kindergarten kids killed in China minibus crash

BEIJING - An overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck in rural western China today, killing at least 18 kindergarten children on their way to class, officials said. Sixty-two children and two adults were crowded into the bus, which had just nine seats, officials said. The driver and a teacher died along with the children, aged 5 and 6, said the director of the provincial work safety emergency office, surnamed Fan. News of the crash ignited public anger across China, with hundreds of thousands of people venting on Twitter-like microblogs, highlighting an underfunded education system that especially shortchanges students in remote areas. "This accident says a lot about the problems with the government's role of monitoring school safety," said Liu Shanying, expert in public administration at the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "It involves the educ...

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