Nine killed in China bus-truck collisionDecember 10th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 10 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and seven seriously injured in northwest China after a long-distance bus collided with a truck in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early Saturday.
According to the Hotan prefecture government, the accident occurred around midnight when the coach, with 33 cotton-picking workers aboard, rammed into a truck on a desert road while heading from Aksu to Hotan, Xinhua reported.
Four coach passengers died on the spot while five died later at the hospital after medical treatment failed. Seven other passengers were critically injured, said an official statement.
According to the traffic police, snow and heavy fog had reduced the visibility in the area to less than 100 metres. An initial investigation showed the truck was running on the wrong lane at the time of the accident.
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