EOS Alerts 11-8-2017
China: Travellers are Reminded of the Dangers Involved with Overland Travel
36 killed and 13 injured in bus crash
Late on Thursday night, 36 people were killed and 13 others injured, after a coach crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China's Shaanxi province. Highway accidents are common in China, due to high speeds, aggressive driving and a regular failure to leave adequate braking distance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that in 2013, around 250,000 people were killed as a result of road accidents. Last month, 11 people were killed and 9 injured after a bus collided with a lorry on a national highway in northern Hebei province. Although Beijing has vowed to clamp down on dangerous driving, the steep growth in car ownership and relaxed attitudes towards road safety have made this difficult, especially in rural areas.
Those operating or residing in China are advised to be aware of the frequency of road traffic accidents. Vehicle crashes are a common occurrence, resulting from poor driving standard, lax vehicle maintenance and unsafe road conditions. Travellers are advised to consider booking with ‘luxury’ or reputable bus lines.