Boys cling to underside of bus for three hours in China to try to see mum and dad

Rural schoolboys found caked in mud in vehicle’s undercarriage 80km down the road

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:37pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:39pm

Two young boys clung to the underside of a bus for three hours to try to get from their rural hometown to see their parents in a city in southern China on Thursday, according to a Chinese media report.

The boys, both about eight years old, sneaked out of school before classes started in Nazuo, Guangxi province, and hid in a narrow space under the bus bound for Baise, news site reported.

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The boys were discovered by security workers 80km down the road when the bus stopped at a station in Xilin county, the report said.

“They are really thin so they could fit in [the undercarriage],” a bus station worker said.

The boys were caked in mud so staff at the station cleaned their clothes and took them to lunch, the report said.

A station worker said the boys’ parents worked in neighbouring Guangdong province but relatives told the children their parents worked in Baise, which is closer, to make them “feel better”, the report said.

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