At least 15 die as China tour bus plunges into ravine

25 February 2012 - 14:07 By Sapa-dpa
A wheel arch. File photo.
A wheel arch. File photo.
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At least 15 people died when a tourist bus plunged 50 metres into a ravine in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi on Saturday, state media said.

The bus was carrying 34 people when it veered off a road in Gaoping county near Jincheng city, state radio reported.

Chinese news websites quoted the report saying 13 injured people were rescued following the accident, leaving six people missing.

The bus was operated by a state-run firm from Sanmenxia city in neighbouring Henan province. It was en route to Henan's Jiyuan city when it crashed, official Xinhua news agency quoted traffic police as saying.

The reports gave no details of injuries suffered by the survivors.