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13 dead in Gansu bus accident; 3 detained

CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-07-27 09:43
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Photo provided by the local fire and rescue detachment of Pingliang city shows the site of accident on July 26, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

At least 13 people have died in a traffic accident in Gansu province, the Pingliang city government said on Monday evening.

A bus carrying 63 people overturned at around 2:10 pm on the Qingdao-Lanzhou Expressway in Jingchuan county. The passengers were all workers heading for the city of Golmud in Qinghai province to help with the wolfberry harvest, according to a news release from the government of Pingliang, the city that administers Jingchuan.

Thirteen people were killed, with their identities still being verified. Three people-two drivers and a labor contractor-have been placed in police detention. The remaining 47 passengers were sent to hospital for medical treatment, and their conditions were generally stable, the release said.

On-site rescue work, treatment for the injured and a probe into the cause of the accident are in full swing, the city government said.

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