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Upset driver to blame for deadly China bus plunge: state media

A Chinese bus driver upset that his house would be demolished had been drinking on the job before he sent the vehicle plunging into a reservoir, killing 21 people, state media said early Monday.

Rescuers work on July 7, 2020 at the scene of the deadly bus plunge in China's southwestern Guizhou province -- official media said the driver had been drinking on the bus before he sped off the road, killing 21 people
Rescuers work on July 7, 2020 at the scene of the deadly bus plunge in China’s southwestern Guizhou province — official media said the driver had been drinking on the bus before he sped off the road, killing 21 people

The bus carried students preparing to sit their annual college entrance exam when it crashed into Honghsan Lake in southwest China’s Guizhou province last Tuesday, the local emergency management department said earlier.

The driver, surnamed Zhang, “was unhappy about his life and about the demolition of the public-owned house he rented,” the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the public security bureau in Anshun city.

Zhang “is suspected of conducting ‘an extreme crime'” that targeted a group of people “to cause impact in society,” it said.

Police found that Zhang, 52, had been drinking alcohol while passengers got on and off the bus, Xinhua reported.

When he neared the reservoir he waited until other vehicles passed then suddenly sped up across five lanes and through the guardrail, it said.

In addition to the dead, 15 people were hurt. AFP

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