Thirteen passengers were injured on Wednesday when a crowded bus veered off a mountain road and plunged dozens of meters into a courtyard below.
The vehicle carrying 30 people broke through a concrete barrier at the side of the road and landed head-on in a private courtyard, as dramatic footage from security cameras shows.
A statement by police in the Huan district of Gansu province in northwest China on Thursday said the incident occurred when the 35-seat bus was unable to avoid a bend and went off the road shortly after 11 a.m. local time.
Surveillance pictures of the farmhouse show the bus registered at Heshui County Transportation Co. Ltd., overturned on the left side after landing in the yard before a number of passengers could get to safety from the broken windows.
In the social media following the incident, people were filmed by bystanders filming the crash site from the elevated road that appears to be at least 30 feet above the courtyard.
The police statement said 13 passengers were injured, including three who suffered serious injuries. They were hospitalized at Huan County People’s Hospital.
Information about the driver was not disclosed in the police report. The authorities stated that an investigation of the traffic accident was underway.
A spokesman for the Huan County People’s Government confirmed that all the injured victims were passengers on the bus, the Beijing News newspaper, which is owned by the Chinese People’s Party, reported.
The emergency management office of Huan district said the last of the victims was rescued from the rubble within eight minutes after the arrival of rescue workers.
The Beijing News reported that the passengers were agricultural observers from Heshui district, about 70 miles southwest of Huan district.
In July, 21 people, including many high school students, lost their lives when a local bus in Anshun, Guizhou province, drove off a road and crashed headfirst into a reservoir.
The incident, in which 16 people were injured, was later found to have been deliberately committed by the 52-year-old driver named Zhang, who was also drunk. He was killed in the accident.
A similar sensational incident occurred in October 2018 when a passenger attacked a bus driver in Chongqing, causing the operator to swerve off a 164-foot bridge and fall into the Yangtze River with a total of 15 people on board.
After the incident, the rescue divers managed to recover 13 bodies, but the two remaining victims were never found.