Tibet Tour Bus Plunges off a Cliff, Killing at Least 44

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work around an overturned tour bus after it fell off a 10-meter (30-foot) cliff in Nyemo County, southwest China’s mountainous region of Tibet Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.    (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chogo)

(SOURCE)  A tour bus on a mountainous highway in Tibet plunged off of a 30-foot cliff, killing at least 44 people and injuring 11 others, China’s state media reported Sunday. 

The bus was traveling along National Highway 318, west of the regional capital of Lhasa, when it struck a truck and an SUV and careened off the road, the South China Morning Post reports. The conditions of the truck driver and four SUV passengers was unclear. 

Fifty-five passengers were aboard the bus, most of them tourists from eastern China, a staff member from Lhasa-based Feixiang Travel Agency told the South China Morning Post. Photos released by Xinhau showed the vehicle lying upside down along a riverbed. Survivors were pulled out of the bus and the injured rushed to hospitals in Lhasa. 

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