|Zhengning country, Gansu province: A kindergarten minibus crash led to the death of 18, mostly children, leading not only to mournful reactions throughout China, but also to the calling in question of school safety and children transportation, as the minibus was loading 5-6 times the number of passengers permitted.
Yesterday at 9:20pm, reporters rushed to the site of the incident. Because it started raining in the site since the afternoon, the school bus involved in the accident was covered by a big plastic sheet. That golden color minibus has surprisingly squeezed-in 64 adults and children. More than 10 on-duty traffic policemen said that the circumstances of the accident are unclear. Resident Yu Linzi said that the school bus passed other cars and was then hit by a truck.
According to what is understood, this kindergarten was established in February 2004. A parent of one of the kindergarten pupils said that this is a non-governmental kindergarten, at present hosting more than 500 children and more than 20 teachers. In 2009, the kindergarten purchased 4-5 golden vehicles, serving as a transportation tool for children, collecting fees according to distance transported.
One parent said that 'the vehicle can load up to 9 adults, but the children on the cars are all tightly close to each other, perhaps 20-30 children altogether. In the vehicle involved in the accident, there were a surprising 64 people, and I really don't understand how the car could be stuffed this way.'
A driver from the town confirmed that the driver of the vehicle is called (surname) Yang. He has often seen this vehicle driving very fast, completely not respecting traffic regulations. Another driver confirmed that not only this car was dramatically overloaded; buses are also packed this way. A bus of 29 seats can take up to 100 people and often takes 70-80; nobody is supervising...
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 事发现场 shì fā xiànchǎng - Site of the incident/accident
 塑料布 sùliào bù - Plastic sheet, plastic cloth
 面包车 miànbāochē - 'Bread car', minibus
 当值dāngzhí - On duty
 交警 jiāo jǐng - Traffic police
 超车 chāo chē - Pass cars
 大货车 dàhuòchē - Truck
 幼儿园yòuéryuán - Kindergarten
 民办 mínbàn - People-run, non-governmental
 交通 jiāotōng - Traffic
 紧挨 jǐnāi - Very close to each other
 司机 sījī - Driver
 飞快 fēikuài - 'Flying fast', very fast
 交通规则 jiāotōng guīzé - Traffic regulations
 超载 chāozài - Overload
 客车 kèchē - Bus (of passengers or tourists)