Chengdu Bus #9 Fire, Pictures & Videos

Two days ago, there was a fire on the #9 bus in Chengdu. There were many people who died because they could not get out. Some of the pictures and videos below are graphic.


EastSouthWestNorth has a lot of information already here, here, and here.

A video of people breaking the glass windows on the bus to help rescue the people inside:







A video of the bus and victims after the fire was extinguished:

From Mop:

Chengdu Public Bus Spontaneous Combustion, 10-second Rescue Video!

There was someone who filmed a precious 10 second video of people being rescued for yesterday’s (5 June) Chengdu public bus fire. However, within this video, netizens discovered an object similar to a window-smashing hammer right next to the person shooting the video.

As a result, many netizens commented that though this video is very precious, they criticize the person shooting the video for not taking that hammer and being more useful going to help save people…


Two survivors:






Comments from Mop:


Seeing this news and these photographs I cried.
A moment of silence. I hope the dead can rest in peace and the injured can continue living.
Public buses having severely overloading and quality problems has already become a common problem.
I often see public buses emitting black smoke, the entire vehicle shaking non-stop. Some buses seem to have been used for over 10 years.

I hope this can attract national attention. The key point is the administration of buses these days. Just think if there were more buses during rush hour, if there were more fire prevention devices on the buses, if overloading was strictly prohibited, if better buses were purchased, then this kind of thing could be avoided. At the very least, there would be fewer dead.


It is always like this. If something does not happen, then no one will pay attention to it. There are so too many things that need to be done. If you work in a job providing service, you are not just earning money for yourself, you are also responsible for the people’s interests and even their lives.
Those looking for jobs should think about this. If you do not have the mentality to do your job properly, then do not do these kind of jobs, lest you regret it after something [bad] happens!


Fuck!! Something like this . Were there casualties? How come I cannot see any ambulance personnel? So many people just rubbernecking.


Why can’t every day have something that makes everyone happy? :'(


Airplanes are crashing, buses are exploding, even taking a nap at home meets 512 [Sichuan Earthquake]. If this continues on, I am going to go crazy~~~


How did it spontaneously combust?
Who would dare to ride [the public bus] again?

How come 120 [medical rescue] did not arrive? So many onlookers.

That poor girl lying on the street, and there were even two B guys around taking photos with their mobile phones. Fuck your entire families, what are you taking pictures of! Imagine if it were you lying there and there were a lot of people around taking pictures of you, how would you feel? Fuck.


I better bring a hammer with me when I ride the public bus in the future, so I can be prepared to break a window at any time.


Why are the injured just lying on the side~
Where are the ambulances?
Why did not a single person cover up this naked girl with some clothes~


China’s go-vern-ment will not provide detailed reports of these kind of things!


Fuck, I do not even know what to say. 25 people’s lives, my god, burned alive. What the hell was the Chengdu’s public bus driver doing? I have never seen anything like this before. These are all TMD imbeciles, the country has raised a bunch of imbeciles…

Comments from Tianya:


The ordinary people’s lives are not worth anything. Inner-city traffic is indeed very disorderly, too much overloading [too many people on buses], and this is not the first time a public bus has spontaneously combusted.


If people do not crowd onto public buses, it could be noon and there will still be people waiting for buses to go to work!


The Airbus A330 can seat over 200 people. Chengdu’s public buses with less than 20 square feet? 100 people!


Could it be a terrorist attack? CCAV never reports the truth.
Just seeing these has given me an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anytime an accident happens, I think it is a terrorist attack.


Everyone says Chengdu people need to prepare three things whenever they go out: beer bottle, thermometer, and metal hammer. The beer bottle is for earthquakes, the thermometer is for flu. The metal hammer is for when the public bus door does not open and used to escape. Sigh, Chengdu once again becomes famous. Is human life worth so little?


Those people who steal the life-saving hammers should be condemned, and at the same time strongly request that the leaders of relevant departments step down, and take legal liability. Drag a few out to be scapegoats , this is the consistent characteristic of the ZGZF, and use them to quiet down this storm!


Beginning from when I received a call from a friend in the morning I have been paying attention to this incident. The figures I see now, 25 dead, 76 injured, means this vehicle had over 100 people in it? Is that correct?
Some reports say only 7-10 people escaped, which is to say that when the fire started there were still 90 people inside the car, but seeing the burned vehicle, it is very difficult to believe that there are still people alive after that fire. The pictures I saw are those too super terrifying photos. Can an official please come out to answer this? Very confused, does anyone else feel the same, or am I the only person who does not understand? Thanks!
I hope the injured can recover quickly! May the dead rest in peace!


Such a small vehicle actually having over 100 people, just trying to move inside would be difficult, so trying to escape would be even more difficult than difficult.~
Since the government promotes using public transportation, they should at least increase the frequency of buses during rush hour~~almost much every day the driver keeps letting passengers on the bus even when it is obvious that they cannot get on~ but if there were more buses then a lot of problems would be solved~~~


Our apathy is becoming used to an accident happening before we change things! Our tragedy is having an accident happen, and still turning a blind eye to it!


Life is innocently lost like this, but I wish this can be exchanged for a chance to reform, and use these blood and tears as a lesson so that problems like this will no longer happen. May the deceased rest in peace!

UPDATE: A news report on Sohu and NetEase says a man intentionally spilled/knocked over something that others say had a flammable smell before the fire.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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