Skooter reporting 08/27/12
A methanol tanker and a double-decker sleeper bus on Sunday violently collided, leaving 36 people dead, China's worst traffic accident in more than a year. Both vehicles caught fire and out of 39 people onboard the bus only three of the 39 people survived the motorway crash, which happened around 2:00 am, Xinhua news agency reported.
Overall 36 bodies were retrieved from the debris and three people were brought to hospital. In July last year, a fire broke out on an overcrowded sleeper bus carrying flammable materials killing 41 passengers in central China, according to the country’s work safety watchdog.
Information of Sunday's crash which happened 200 meters from a motorway service station at Yanan city in northern Shaanxi province were unclear until to date. It was reported that most of the passengers were asleep at the time of the incident. Right after the collision, the bus was engulfed by flames, Yue Jiuxiang, a local traffic police official in charge of the rescue operation said. The bus was headed to the Shaanxi provincial capital Xian from Baotou in Inner Mongolia when the collision occurred.
The cause of the accident were still being investigated by police. The accident happened on the Baotou-Maoming Expressway, which extends the length of China from the northern city of Baotou to the southern province of Guangdong.