On May 9th eleven young children – five South Korean and six Chinese – were killed along with their driver when their bus crashed and burst into flames in a tunnel in China’s eastern Shandong province. The bus had been transporting the children, all aged between three and six years old, to an international kindergarten in Weihai, a city across the Yellow Sea from South Korea. A teacher was seriously injured in the tragedy, which reverberated in South Korea, whose acting President expressed sorrow.
Beijing does not release statistics on the total number of accidents each year, but the World Health Organization estimated in 2013 that around 250,000 people were killed on China’s roads that year.
The country’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to high fatalities
The cause of the accident is being investigated.