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23 killed, 87 injured in separate road accidents in China

world Updated: Dec 10, 2011 17:02 IST

At least 23 people were killed and 87 others injured in three deadly road accidents in China, officials said on Saturday.

Twelve people were killed and five others went missing after a bus fell into a river in Qamdo of China's southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region, the local government said.

The passenger bus, carrying 19 people including the driver, fell into the Zaqu River in Cerwai Town four days ago.

Two people, including the bus driver, were slightly injured, according to the emergency response office under the government of Qamdo prefecture in northeastern Tibet.

Rescuers are searching for the missing passengers along the river. As of Friday night, 12 bodies were recovered.

Six of the dead have been identified to be Qamdo natives, and the rest are from the neighbouring Qinghai Province. The vehicle has been pulled out of the river for investigation.

In another accident, nine people were killed and seven others seriously injured after a long-distance coach collided with a heavy-duty truck in Hotan in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early today.

The accident occurred when the coach with 33 cotton picking workers aboard collided with a forthcoming truck on a desert road while travelling from Aksu to Hotan, the Hotan prefecture government said in a statement.

Traffic police said snow and heavy fog had reduced the visibility in the area to less than 100 meters.

An initial investigation showed the truck was running on the wrong lane at the time of the accident.

In a separate accident, a bus carrying tourists from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region overturned in northeast Jilin province, killing two and injuring 38 others, including two severely, on Friday, the local government said.

The accident took place at Yushu city, when a bus heading from Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, to the city of Jilin, overturned into a roadside ditch after colliding with a farm vehicle, a local official said.

The bus carried 38 tourists from Hong Kong, of whom two died, two sustained serious injuries and 34 others were slightly injured. Two people on the farm vehicle were also slightly injured, the official said.

The two severely injured have been sent to a hospital in Harbin, while others were admitted to two local hospitals in Yushu. None of the injured are in critical condition.