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11 dead in kindergarten bus accident  

湖南一幼儿园校车翻入水库致11死 包括8名幼童

7月10日下午5时许,湖南湘潭市雨湖区响塘乡金桥村乐乐旺幼儿园所属园车,在送幼儿回家途中,途径湘潭市交界的长沙市岳麓区干子村时,翻入水库。此事故共致11人遇难,包括8名幼儿和3位成人。 [查看全文]
2014-07-11 08:29 Xinhua Web Editor: Mo Hong'e
Rescuers try to pull a minivan out of a pond in Ganzi village of Changsha, central China's Hunan province, July 11, 2014. A total of 11 people, including eight kindergarten children, died after the minivan fell into the pond on July 10. [Photo: China News Service/ Yang Huafeng]

All 11 people, including eight kindergarten children, died after a minivan fell into a pond Thursday in central China's Hunan province, rescuers confirmed early on Friday.

The accident occurred at about 5pm Thursday Beijing Time in a mountainous village near Changsha, capital of Hunan. The bus was carrying the children home from their kindergarten in the city of Xiangtan, adjacent to Changsha.

There were eight children, two teachers and a driver aboard when the accident happened, according to local authorities.

After hours of rescue work, the minivan was hauled out of the pond at around 3am Friday with eight children and a driver inside. The bodies of the two teachers were found about an hour later.

The accident was not immediately discovered as the scene was somewhat remote and sparsely populated.

The minivan, which has only seven seats, was soon carried away by rescuers after they pulled it out of water.

"It was commonplace for the kindergarten vehicle to overload," the father of a children aboard told Xinhua.

Investigation into the case and other follow-up work are currently underway.

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