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Bodies of US crash victims are returned

THE bodies of six Chinese tourists killed in a January 30 bus crash in the United States arrived at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport last night.

Also onboard the flight were one injured crash passenger, the family members of the dead and injured, five members of a Shanghai group that went to the US to handle the accident's aftermath and two medical workers.

"Thanks to the all-out efforts of the US hospitals, my health is improving markedly," injured tourist Zhao Shunxing said upon his arrival at the airport.

A bus carrying 15 Chinese tourists and a tour guide overturned on an expressway in Arizona near the Hoover Dam on January 30. Six tourists and the guide died. Ten others, including the driver, were injured.

As of yesterday, five injured tourists were still receiving medical treatment in the US.

Zhu Chengrong, a Shanghai health official, said two of the injured are still hospitalized and one of them is in a coma.

The other injured tourists have returned to China.

An initial investigation found that passengers were ejected from the vehicle, which did not have seat belts. The US National Transportation Safety Board said seat belts were not required.

A driving distraction was blamed for the accident. The NTSB said the driver was trying to fix a problem with the door and was blinded by the sun's glare just before the bus crashed.


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