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Chinese School Bus Rolls Over in Jiangsu, 15 Children Dead

A young child at Lecong Hospital in Foshan, China under observation following her school bus colliding with a truck.

A young child at Lecong Hospital in Foshan, China under observation following her school bus colliding with a truck.

From Sina Weibo:

@南方都市报: 【Major School Bus Accident Occurs in Jiangsu!】 According to @都市晨报 confirmation, around 6pm, a major accident occurred in Shouxian of Jiangsu. To avoid an electric scooter, a school bus carrying 71 people from Shouxian Central Primary School skidded and flipped into the river. Locally, about 10 police cars and 20 ambulances as well as firetrucks and cranes have been deployed to aid in the rescue. According to netizens, the number of dead may be as high as around 40 people while Dushi Chenbao says the current death toll is unknown. Photo is from netizen @jiazi300. [蜡烛]

Parents outside a hospital in Jiangsu after a school bus rolled over in a traffic accident.

Comments from Sina Weibo:

何晓薇小x:

Sigh, not even able to safely transport children to their parents, so lamentable, stupid cunt school buses.

热情apple小屋:

Why do we have to lose so many lives before we will begin reflecting? [泪][怒骂][疑问][弱]

黄三三0207:

When it comes to giving school buses to other countries, the government has the money. When it comes to our own children, the government complains it is poor. This kind of country truly makes it impossible for me to be proud of!!!

败家老大:

Everytime I see this kind of news it makes me sigh: How hard it must’ve been for me to live so long. [蜡烛] [蜡烛]

严崇芳:

Must we make 2011 into the “year of vehicle accidents”? So many lives!

伲古龙:

Fuck? The government!!!

过节倒计时:

When something bad happens in China, it always happens in clusters, like school buses having accidents one after another, which reminds us of kindergarten children being hacked/stabbed one after another

花花世界-golden_flower:

Every time this kind of thing happens, the first thing China [the government] thinks of is hiding the truth, why is this? Afraid to openly handle something, no wonder there are more and more fenqing now, turns out they were created by this social environment!! [怒]

没钱的-富翁:

Able to buy all the world’s airplanes, yet can’t afford a single school bus; Able to send satellites into space, yet unable to build a single small bridge; Able to give other countries hundreds of millions to spend, yet unwilling to build a few more primary schools; Able to spend several tens of aircraft carriers worth of money on dining, yet force children to donate their lunch money.

happybigapple:

It wasn’t caused by the school bus! It’s all caused by people!!!!! Can the government provide some money to uniformly manufacture those American-style school buses that are strong like tanks??? If something still happens then it’ll be strange!!!

From NetEase:

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Victims of Jiangsu province Feng county school bus rollover accident reaches 15

Summary: December 12th afternoon, a school bus for a primary school in Shouxian town of Feng county in Jiangsu province had a rollover accident. Around 2am in the early morning of the 13th, after 3 schoolchildren died despite efforts to save them, the number of student victims rose to 15, with 8 injured survivors.

From NetEase:

Jiangsu province Feng country school bus rolls over, 15 students dead

December 12th around 6pm, in Jiangsu province Xuzhou city Feng country Shouxian town Zhanghoutun village, a major school bus overturning vehicle accident occurred and already 15 students have died. The school bus had overturned into a 60 centimeter deep ditch, causing some of the students crushed on the bottom to drown. According to information, this school bus can carry 52 people and was carrying 29 people during the accident. The school bus driver first rescued people before fleeing after the accident, and is currently detained by the police.

Clothes removed at the hospital from injured school children involved in a school bus that had overturned into a ditch with many drowning.

As it is understood, this school bus belongs to an elementary school in Zhanghoutun village and the school bus overturned as a result of avoiding a pedestrian. Photo is of the children’s clothes in the Shouxian town Community Health Service Center. (Photo from the internet)

Clothes removed from school children injured in a school bus that had rolled over.

Photo is of the clothes taken off the students receiving emergency care in the hospital.

The scene where a Jiangsu school bus overturned while trying to avoid a pedestrian on the street, killing 15 school children in the process.

Photo is of the scene where the school bus flipped over.

Scene of the school bus rollover accident the day after.

Photo is the scene of the incident photographed on December 13th.

Various notebooks and belongings of the children killed and injured in a Jiangsu school bus rollover accident.

Photo is of the belongings of the schoolchildren involved.

Local government officials and police bowing at a press conference for the Jiangsu Xuzhou Feng County school bus rolling over accident that has so far resulted in 15 deaths.

December 13th morning, a press conference for the Xuzhou city Feng county school bus rollover accident was held. It is reported that the number of dead has reached 15. According to reports, the school bus rolled over as it avoided a pedestrian. At present, the driver has been detained, and the remaining 8 injured are currently receiving medical treatment. The press conference lasted 20 minutes, and this reporter’s questions were interrupted by the local propaganda director.

A police officer receives interviews by the media following a short press conference concerning the December 12th Jiangsu Feng County school bus accident.

Photo is of the official representative interviewed by this reporter after the press conference.

An ambulance brings school children to a hospital following a school bus overturning into a ditch in Jiangsu province of China.

The children taken to the hospital for emergency care.

Chinese parents and family waiting outside a hospital for information on their children who had been involved in a serious school bus accident in Jiangsu, China.

Photo is of family outside the hospital doors waiting for information about their children. (Photo is from the internet)

Chinese parents and family waiting outside a hospital for information on their children who had been involved in a serious school bus accident in Jiangsu, China.

Chinese parents and family waiting outside a hospital for information on their children who had been involved in a serious school bus accident in Jiangsu, China.

Chinese parents and family waiting outside a hospital for information on their children who had been involved in a serious school bus accident in Jiangsu, China.

Comments from NetEase:

lzyan1025 [网易陕西省网友]:

Where are the school buses? Where are the school buses? The school buses are in the schools of Macedonia~

网易江苏省南京市网友:

Another school bus?! Why is it always school buses?????????

桃面老妖 [网易江苏省网友]:

I just turned on the computer and this is the first news I see. My tears uncontrollable came down with the thought of how many more families have again lost their beloved children.

网易北京市网友:

While reading the newspaper in the morning, I first saw that Shanghai Shenghua F.C. used 10 million Euros to bring in a foreign player, suddenly I felt China was so rich. Then I see this school bus news, and I’m speechless…

280455694 [网易天津市网友]:

Sigh, the LD even stressed this and you still don’t pay attention/be careful!

网易江苏省网友 [windy0828]:

Actually it was 70-some people and 40-some people died so why do the damn government officials say only 15 people? Probably to avoid responsibility, probably to avoid losing their official posts. I truly wish government officials’ children can be hit and killed [by vehicles], so they can see what is having a knife twisted in your heart is like, so they can experience for a moment what it is like for the white-haired [old] to outlive the black-haired [young].

网易江苏省苏州市网友:

This isn’t a problem with the school bus. The key is for everyone to abide by traffic regulations, and school bus drivers especially need to abide by traffic rules. Only this way can traffic accidents be reduced.

九度萧转 [网易湖北省荆门市网友]:

Our school buses cost several tens of thousands, seat several tens of people.
领导的公车几十万。算司机2个人。”>The government leadership’s official cars cost several hundreds of thousands. Including the driver, seats two people.

太黄太暴力 [网易上海市网友]:

I can say with very much certainty: This definitely won’t be the last time.

lhltbz [网易四川省成都市网友]:

A school bus that cost several tens of thousand, filled with over 60 students. A government official’s car that costs several hundreds of thousands, filled with just one leading cadre [government official]. They don’t attach importance to medical care, because they have special wards for government cadres; They don’t attach importance to education, because their children study abroad; They don’t attach importance to food safety, because they have specially provided food products; They don’t attach importance to traffic congestion, because they have police to open the road for them; They don’t attach importance to the country’s future, because their wives and children have already emigrated to the United States! Sad, so sad.

China is a big country…

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A Guangdong Foshan school bus with a hole ripped in its middle caused by a collision with a freight truck.

From NetEase:

Guangdong Foshan primary school school bus collides with truck, 37 students hurt

December 12th around 6:40, near the Dazha Memorial in Lecong town of Foshan city’s Shunde district in Guangdong province, a school bus carrying 59 schoolchildren collided with a cargo truck. The collision cauesed a large hole in the school bus. 37 school children were injured and entered the hospital for treatment, with one amongst them entering the ICU (intensive care unit). Parents say the school bus was speeding

A Guangdong Foshan school bus with a hole ripped in its middle caused by a collision with a cargo truck.

Witnesses at the scene said the school bus was driving normally when the accident happened, “seemed to want to make a left turn”, but then a large cargo truck came straight out and hit the left side of the school bus in the middle. The heavily hit school bus turned and stopped, with a nearly 1 meter diameter large hole on its rear left side. Photo is of the large hole on the hit school bus, with the windows on the side of the impact having shattered.

A Guangdong Foshan school bus with a hole ripped in its middle caused by a collision with a freight truck.

The injured students were sent to Lecong Hospital not far from the scene, where the hospital revealed that 37 students were send to them that day. Around 9:00 in the morning, this reporter saw in the transfusion room many students whose faces and arms were wrapped in gauze and many students with large bumps on their heads. Photo is of the large hole on the hit school bus.

A young child at Lecong Hospital in Foshan, China under observation following her school bus colliding with a truck.

After emergency treatment by the hospital, 7 students were admitted for hospital continued treatment and observation, 1 was admitted to the ICU, 4 were admitted to the surgical department, and two were admitted to the facial department. Photo is of a young student at the hospital for observation.

A young child at Lecong Hospital in Foshan, China under observation following her school bus colliding with a truck.

Photo is of a little schoolchild at the hospital for observation.

The chaotic interior of a Chinese school bus in southern China that had been involved in a collision with a freight truck.

At the time of the accident, the teacher in the school bus was the last to stand. The teacher’s foot had been injured, and the driver’s shoulder had been injured. The injured students on the bus cried and screamed, and when the situation settled down, the teacher began to evacuate the school children off the bus. Photo is of the the 9 rows of wooden benches inside the school bus, the inside a scene of disorder.

The chaotic interior of a Chinese school bus in southern China that had been involved in a collision with a cargo truck.

Photo is of the the 9 rows of wooden benches inside the school bus, the inside a scene of disorder.

The cargo truck that had hit the school bus and injured 37 people.

Photo is of the cargo truck that caused the accident.

The cargo truck and school bus that had collided with each other at the local police tow lot.

Photo is of the hit school bus and the cargo truck that caused the accident in the police impound lot.

Shattered glass on the ground from the school bus that had been hit by a cargo truck.

Photo is of glass from the school bus scattered on the ground.

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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