25 Dec 2012

Eleven children killed in bus crash

11:31 am on 25 December 2012

At least 11 kindergarten children in China died when their minivan plunged into a pond on Monday.

The Xinhua news agency said police have detained the driver of the van, which was carrying 15 children in a rural part of the southern province of Jiangxi.

The deaths of 18 nursery school children in a bus crash in November last year prompted Premier Wen Jiabao to pledge more money for school bus services.

Despite the pledge, there has been a string of similar accidents in rural China, where buses and trucks are old and poorly maintained.