Twenty-one people died and 16 people had been taken to hospital after a city bus they were travelling on crashed into a reservoir in southern China, local authorities said.
The accident occurred at noon on Tuesday in Anshun, Guizhou province, when the bus appeared to go out of control, cross to the opposite side of the road and crash into the Hongshan Reservoir, according to a video posted online.
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More than 1,000 firefighters, police and divers, were sent to the crash site, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Twelve of the passengers were students. Five died from the crash and seven were being treated for their injuries.
The driver, a 52-year-old local man with the surname Zhang, has also died in the crash. He has been driving the bus since 1997, Xinhua reported.
Out of the 21 who died, 20 were found dead at the scene and one died in the hospital.
It is not clear whether the deaths occurred at the scene or in hospital. Rescuers were still investigating how many people were on the bus and whether more might be missing.
Internet broadcaster btime.com reported that among the passengers were students who had just finished the morning session of the national college entrance examination, commonly known as gaokao in China. The examination, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, was delayed for a month because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Guizhou Daily reported that governor Shen Yiqin was at the scene to direct the rescue operations. The provincial government has also established a task force to investigate the matter.
Guizhou has been battered by heavy rain for weeks resulting in widespread flooding across the province.
Additional reporting by Echo Xie
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