Rescuers examine the wreckage of an overturned bus in China’s southernmost Hainan province on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The bus accident occurred at around 11 a.m. in Chengmai County. Eight primary school students were killed as a result of the accident. [Photo: weibo.com]
Police in the city of Wenchang, south China’s Hainan province, announced on Thursday that they have detained the driver that was behind the wheel of a bus carrying 47 school children overturned, killing eight students and injured 32 others.
The initial investigation concluded that the driver, surnamed Zhao, is accountable for the accident, as authorities say he drove at unsafe speeds on a road still under construction that was slick with recent rainfall when the bus overturned.
According to the information released from the relevant departments of Chengmai County, Hainan province, all the passengers from the overturned bus were primary school students from Xincai School, a privately-run facility founded in 2006.
Without permission from supervisors, the school rented 14 buses and took its 586 students for a spring outing to Wenchang City on April 10.
Eight students were killed in the accident and another 32 people, including 30 students and two teachers, were injured.
The head of the school has also been detained in relation to the accident, as the private school, did not report to any authorities before organizing the outing.
The county government has paid 100,000 yuan (16,258 U.S. dollars) to each family of those killed.
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