Dozens killed in bus crash on China highway
A long-distance passenger bus has crashed into the wall of a highway tunnel in north-west China, killing at least 36 people, including two children, and injuring 13 others.
The vehicle smashed into the wall at the entrance to the tunnel on the four-lane highway.
The crash happened in Shaanxi province shortly before midnight on Thursday local time, as the bus, with a legal carrying capacity of 51, was on its way to Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the south-western province of Sichuan.
Long-distance buses are a common mode of budget transport, particularly for migrant workers and people on low incomes.
Xinhua News Agency and other media outlets said the bus was the only vehicle damaged, although it was not clear if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Two children were among those killed, reports said.
Minister of public security Guo Shengkun ordered a swift investigation into the accident, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.
Highway accidents are common in China because of high speeds, aggressive driving and a failure to leave adequate braking distance.
The World Health Organisation estimates traffic accidents kill around 260,000 people in mainland China each year - a rate of 18.8 in every 100,000 people.