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Bus crash kills seven, injures 19 in central China

AT least seven people died and 19 others were injured when a bus crashed through a guard rail and plunged into an 80-meter-deep valley in central China's Hubei Province early today.

The accident occurred at about 4:20am on a highway in the Tujia Autonomous County of Changyang, a local traffic police spokesman said.

Of the 28 people aboard the vehicle, three died at the scene and four died en route to or in hospital, the spokesman said.

All 19 injured were being treated at a hospital in Changyang, and their conditions were not immediately known, he said.

Only two people escaped unharmed.

More than 100 local officials and residents had participated in the rescue operation, he said.

Local police and work safety authorities were investigating the cause the accident, he added.


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