The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 24, 2012
 

Minivan carrying children crashes into pond, killing 11 in China

 
 

BEIJING (AP) - A minivan carrying 15 children to kindergarten plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China today, killing 11 children, state media and an official said.

Three children died at the scene of the accident in Guixi city in Jiangxi province and another eight died later in hospital, said an official from the propaganda office of the city's Communist Party committee. Four children survived, said the official, who like many Chinese bureaucrats gave only his surname, Jiang.

The accident is the latest in a string of deadly crashes in China involving school children.

Police detained the driver for questioning and were investigating the cause of the accident, the official Xinhua News Agency.