SOUTH KOREA

Ten South Koreans killed in bus crash in northern China

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 July, 2015, 11:12am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 July, 2015, 8:29pm

A bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge in northeastern China, killing 10 of them, officials said on Thursday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday after the vehicle left the northeastern city of Ji’an and was about halfway to its destination of Dandong, which borders North Korea, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

The Ji’an government said on its social media account that 10 people died, all of them South Korean. Earlier state media reports had said two of the victims were Chinese.

South Korean officials said 26 South Koreans were on the bus as part of a 140-person delegation of mainly government employees.

They were in China to tour historical sites, including places where Korean independence fighters resisted Japan’s colonial rule before the end of the second world war, according to officials from the South Korean Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs.

The bus was part of a six-bus caravan, South Korean officials said.