Bad Car Day in China

Three separate road accidents have killed at least 34 people in China over 24 hours.

In the worst of the incidents, 27 people were killed in north China when their bus plunged down a 30-metre deep ravine late on Friday, Xinhua news agency said.

I used to be amazed at the number of traffic deaths commonly reported in the newspaper in China; it wasn’t the number of accidents, but the sheer number of lives that would be lost in a single one, often involving buses. Having taken a couple of bus rides outside of Beijing and in South China, I wonder why there aren’t even more accidents. You wouldn’t believe the condition of some of these roads, and the way drivers abuse them. Anything goes.

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