Two die after collision with Olympic bus

August 14th, 2008 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 14 (DPA) Two Chinese passengers died in hospital after a van they were travelling in collided with an Olympic shuttle bus here, organisers said Thursday. The two people died in hospital after emergency treatment following the collision on Wednesday afternoon, Wang Wei, the secretary general of the Beijing organising committee (BOCOG), told reporters.

The bus had been ferrying athletes from the Olympic Village to the outlying Olympic rowing and canoeing venue in Beijing’s Shunyi county, Wang said.

Two athletes and a coach from Croatia, plus six Polish, Canadian and Australian citizens and volunteers were on board the bus, he said.

The van tried to overtake at a crossroads and hit the right side of the bus, Wang said.

“According to the investigation, the van was at fault,” he said.

One of the other Chinese passengers in the van was also seriously injured, witnesses said.

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