BEIJING, China – Over 40 people have been killed on roads in China following four major car crashes since Friday, while hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens are traveling home for the Lunar New Year that falls on Feb. 10 in 2013.
Over-sized automobiles, unsafe road conditions and, bad driving habits have all worked together to make the roads, bridges and highways in China particularly prone to motor vehicle accidents.
In Sichuan, located in the southwestern part of China, a bus flipped on Friday, killing 11, according to government reports in Gulin county.
In the province next-door of Guizhou, 13 people were killed after an over-stuffed bus fell down a 100-meter (330-foot) slope, according to reports on Saturday from the official Xinhua News Agency. It said this fatal crash in Congjiang county left an additional 21 people injured, 11 of which are listed in serous condition.
The Xinhua report said that the 34 people on board were crammed into the bus that was only licensed to carry a limit of 19 passengers.
On Friday night in Gansu, a province located in the northwestern part of China, a coach bus tumbled off the road going around a curve, fell down a slope and then caught fire. In this motor vehicle accident, 14 were killed and an additional 32 were injured, according to reports from Xinhua and the provincial government.
In central China in the province of Henan, at least 10 people died after a truck carrying fireworks for the Lunar New Year celebration exploded on Friday morning, breaking away a section of the highway that sent vehicles descending 30 metres (about 100 feet) to the ground.