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FOUR Shanghai residents, a 16-year-old Hong Kong woman and a tour guide have been identified among the seven victims of the traffic accident in the United States involving a Chinese tour group.

Zhu Yongshun, male, age 40 and Zhong Yujing from Hong Kong were two of the six Chinese tourists killed in the accident, according to Xinmin Evening News.

The 46-year-old tour guide, Chen Wenting, a US-based overseas Chinese, was also confirmed dead at the scene.

The other four victims are Zhu Guoying, Sun Mengqiu, Sheng Zhenquan from Shanghai and Ge Xiazhen from Hangzhou.

The 20-person group included 16 people from Shanghai, two from Hangzhou, capital of neighboring Zhejiang Province and two from Hong Kong.

Liu Yijun from Hong Kong, Xie Tianyi, Zhao Shunxing, Zhao Yinglei, Wu Shuang, Hong Bangyao, Cheng Yafen and Han Dongdong are now being treated in hospital.

Five other tourists who chose not to go on the deadly trip all survived. They are Zhang Xinfan, Zhou Yin, Dai Xiemin, Li Yejuan and Hong Jiahua.

Wu Shougui and Bao Ruihua have been escorted to their hotel as they emerged safe and sound from the accident.

The group from Shanghai was reported to have been organized by Shanghai-based Donghu International Travel Service for separate customers, the newspaper said.

The fatal accident occurred at about 4pm yesterday in Arizona when a bus from a Taiwanese-run local travel agency carried the 15 Chinese tourists to the Great Canyon from Las Vegas, according to the report.

Seventeen people were on the bus including the driver and the guide.

The crash happened on the No.93 highway, about 27 miles (43.45 kilometers) away from Hoover Dam.

Six tourists and the guide were killed at the scene, while the other 10 people onboard were sent to hospital immediately.

Donghu didn't dispatch a team leader but handed the group to DW Tours from south California.

Agnes Wang from Taiwan has run the California-based travel agency for about three years, according to New York-based World Journal.

There were no seat belts on the bus, Shanghai Morning Post reported today. Some passengers were thrown out of the bus when it suddenly deviated from its lane and rolled over.

An insider told state media that Texas-based Galaxy Travel was in charge of the group but it sub-contracted the group to DW Tours without signing any paperwork, according to Beijing-based Caijing magazine.

DW Tours is a small agency based in Beijing with only four buses, said the magazine.


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