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Chinese bus full of passengers swerves into oncoming traffic before plunging into a reservoir

Shocking moment Chinese bus full of passengers swerves into oncoming traffic before plunging into a 50-foot-deep reservoir, killing at least 21

  • The incident took place at 12pm Tuesday in south-western Chinese city Anshun 
  • At least 21 have died and 15 injured people are being treated at a local hospital
  • Footage shows the bus falling off the road and crashing into 50-foot-deep water

This is the terrifying moment a bus packed with passengers crashing into a reservoir after suddenly veering off a bridge in south-western China.

At least 21 people have died and 15 are being treated at a hospital after the incident which took place at around 12pm local time Tuesday in Guizhou province’s Anshun.  

The cause of the incident remains unclear. 

Surveillance footage released by state media People’s Daily shows the blue bus initially driving at a slow speed on the bridge before suddenly swerving into the ongoing traffic on Tuesday

The bus suddenly crashes into ongoing traffic

The vehicle is seen plunging into a reservoir

Pictures above capture the terrifying moment a bus packed with passengers crashing into a reservoir after suddenly veering off a bridge in Guizhou province, south-western China

The total number of casualties is yet confirmed by Chinese authorities. The cause of the incident also remains unclear. Pictured, firefighters look for survivors in the damaged bus

The total number of casualties is yet confirmed by Chinese authorities. The cause of the incident also remains unclear. Pictured, firefighters look for survivors in the damaged bus 

The Hongshanhu reservoir is about 15 metres (50 feet) deep and the water where the bus plunged into is around 10 metres (33 feet) deep, a lead rescuer told The Beijing News. 

The bus is said to have carried final year high school students who were on their way to sit the nationwide college entry exams.

Surveillance footage released by People’s Daily shows the blue bus initially driving at a slow speed on the bridge before suddenly swerving into the ongoing traffic.

The large vehicle then crashed through the bridge’s barriers and plunged into the Hongshanhu reservoir next to the structure. 

At least two people have died and 16 are being treated at a hospital after the incident which took place at around 12pm local time Tuesday in Guizhou province’s Anshun, southwest China

At least two people have died and 16 are being treated at a hospital after the incident which took place at around 12pm local time Tuesday in Guizhou province’s Anshun, southwest China

The large vehicle crashed through the bridge’s barriers and plunged into the Hongshanhu reservoir next to the structure. Pictured, firefighters continue their search for survivors

The large vehicle crashed through the bridge’s barriers and plunged into the Hongshanhu reservoir next to the structure. Pictured, firefighters continue their search for survivors

As of 5:30pm local time, a total of 36 people have been rescued, according to the local fire brigade. 

Twenty-one of them have died. Fifteen were injured and rushed to hospital. 

Dozens of firefighters are pictured searching for passengers in the water. A total of 141 firefighters including 19 divers have participated in the rescue.

Other images show local officers inspecting the damaged bus after it was salvaged from the reservoir.  

The news comes as nearly 11 million Chinese students across the country started their two-day college exams today.

Weather authorities have warned parents to heed forecasts and prepare school journeys carefully as days of torrential rain triggered flood warnings across large parts of the country. 

Local firefighters are continuing their search for remaining survivors in the water. The picture shows the large blue bus being salvaged from the reservoir after it plunged off a bridge

Local firefighters are continuing their search for remaining survivors in the water. The picture shows the large blue bus being salvaged from the reservoir after it plunged off a bridge

At least 18 people have been rescued and rushed to the hospital, according to the local fire brigade. Pictured, the bus being towed onto the bridge after it plunged into a reservoir

At least 18 people have been rescued and rushed to the hospital, according to the local fire brigade. Pictured, the bus being towed onto the bridge after it plunged into a reservoir

Local officers are pictured inspecting the damaged bus after it was salvaged from the water

Local officers are pictured inspecting the damaged bus after it was salvaged from the water

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