At least 36 people were killed and 13 others injured after a passenger coach crashed into a wall of a tunnel in China late Thursday, August 10.
State media reports said the bus was travelling to Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, to Louyang and was carrying 49 people.
The horrible mishap occurred at a tunnel in Shaanxi province, but authorities declined to give further details as to the likely cause of the accident.
Minister of Public Security Gio Shengkun said the government has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, all the injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital. Local authorities have deployed emergency team to the area and rescue operation is ongoing, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Vehicular accidents are fairly common in China, mainly due to high speeds, aggressive driving and failure to leave an adequate braking distance between vehicles. I
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 260,000 people were killed in vehicular accidents in China every year; or a rate 18.8 in every 100,000 people.