November 16, 9:40 am, a severe car accident occurred in Yulin County, Qingyang City, Gansu Province. A dump truck carrying coal smashed into a kindergarten school bus in a head-on collision. The accident already caused 20 deaths, the bus driver and four kindergarteners were killed instantly and 15 others died in the hospital.
The so called school bus is actually just a small van which was supposed to carry maximum of 9 people. However according to Gansu Province emergency team, this school van was carrying total of 64 people at the time of the accident, including one bus driver, one kindergarten teacher and 62 kindergarteners.
School bus driver and 4 children were killed at the scene, 14 children and the teacher already died in the hospital. The remaining 44 children were injured, 13 seriously injured.
CCTV reporter interviewed the traffic police:
Police: “…according to our preliminary investigation, the cause of the accident was because, the kindergarten school van’s maximum capacity is 9 people, but actually was carrying 64 people. ”
Reporter: “You said, this van’s maximum capacity is 9 people, but actually was carrying 64 people?”
“Are all 64 people kids?”
“There is 1 driver and 1 teacher.”
“So there are 62 children. It is difficult for us to imagine a 9-person van carried 62 children. It is really shocking. But do the parents know this is going on with this kindergarten? Is this one time thing, or is this something happens everyday? ”
“According to our investigation, each day is different, some days there are more people and some days less…”
“When the accident happened, it was 9:40 am. This time they supposed to be in school already.”
“The accident time is actually 9:15 am, we received the report at 9:35 am.”
“Where were they going?”
“They were going to the kindergarten.”
“How is the driver and the teacher now?”
“They both were killed.”
“Out of the 20 people who died how many were children.”
“Just one driver and one teacher, the rest are children.”
“How was the weather like and the driving condition at the time.”
“It was foggy, visibility was less than 50 meters.”
“We know that it was a head-on collision between the dump truck and the school van. As you said before, the preliminary conclusion was the school van with capacity of 9 people was carrying 64 people, seriously overloading passengers. But which car hit which car?”
“During the head-on collision, the school van was driving on the opposite side of the road.”