Tibet bus plunge kills Chinese tourists

Rescuers try to pull out bodies and survivors from an overturned tour bus after it fell off a cliff in Nyemo County, Aug. 9 The bus crashed into two other vehicles before falling off the cliff

A bus carrying Chinese tourists has plunged off a 10m (30ft) cliff in Tibet killing 44 people, state media say.

The bus crashed into two other vehicles before falling off the road, the Xinhua news agency quoted local officials as saying.

Images from the scene showed rescue workers recovering bodies from the overturned vehicle.

A number of others were hurt in the crash at 16:25 (08:25 GMT) in Nyemo County, 120km (75 miles) west of Lhasa.

Suitcases of tour bus passengers are piled up as rescuers work near an overturned bus, Aug 9 The passengers were mostly tourists from eastern China

China's roads are among the most dangerous of any major country, according to the World Health Organization.

The WHO estimates the death rates on China's roads to be about 20 per 100,000 each year, a higher rate than either Russia or India and almost double the rate of the US.

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