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5-year-old girl killed, mom hurt when bus hits motorbike

A FIVE-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured in a bus accident in Yangpu District yesterday morning.

Witnesses said a No. 406 bus turned toward a station on Xiangyin Road - on which bikes or mopeds are not allowed - and hit the two, who were on an electric bike.

The girl, Yang Yue, died on the spot. Her mother, Ming Chu, suffered a broken left arm and bruises and was sent to Shidong Hospital, where she was in stable condition.

Yangpu District police said they were still investigating the accident, which occurred about 7:20am.

Ming was taking her daughter to kindergarten on the electric moped. When they were on Xiangyin Road near Guoshun Road E., the bus on the left side suddenly turned to the right to get into the station, about 15 meters away, witnesses said.

The bus sideswiped the moped and knocked it over. Yang fell and hit her head. A back wheel of the bus rolled over Ming's left arm, said her husband, Yang Baozhu, interviewed at the hospital.

The back door of the bus was destroyed and there was a 3-meter-long scratch on the body of the bus. Blood and smashed glasses could still be seen at the spot yesterday afternoon.

"The bus driver was driving wildly," cried Ming with tears in the hospital. "My poor little kid."

Traffic signs clearly show that bikes or mopeds are banned on Xiangyin Road under the Middle Ring Road.

"There were always a lot of riders on the road who ignored the signs," said a resident surnamed Chen. "The police seemed to be blind to it and seldom stopped those riders."

But Chen also complained about the traffic rules, saying bikes should not be banned.

"If we don't ride on this road, we have to detour some blocks," Chen said.

State government revised the traffic law in 2007, stating that motorists who are ruled faultless in traffic accidents with bicycles or pedestrians will pay no more than 10 percent compensation for those injured or dead.

The new law took effect on May 1 last year.

Shanghai traffic police reported more than 2,700 traffic accidents, including about 1,100 deaths, in 2008.

About 76 percent of the accidents, or 2,084 cases, were caused by motor vehicles that broke the traffic laws, local police reported.


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