Five South Korean children among 12 fatalities in van blaze in China

Victims attended school catering to Korean residents of mainland city

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 May, 2017, 4:50pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 May, 2017, 8:59pm

Twelve schoolchildren were among the thirteen killed and one badly injured when a bus crashed and was set ablaze in eastern China, a city government said on Tuesday.

The city government of Weihai, in Shandong province, said the school bus caught on fire while en route to drop the children off at school at 8:59am on Tuesday.

At the time, the bus – reportedly owned by a South Korean international school – was inside the Taojiakuang Tunnel in the Huancui district of the city.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

Xinhua reported that five of those killed were South Korean children, and six were Chinese nationals.

South Korea’s acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn said he felt “grave sadness” over the incident, and directed “all diplomatic resources” to be used to handle the accident, Yonhap news agency reported.

Associated Press, Agence France-Presse