Bus Plunges Off Road Into Courtyard Below, 13 Passengers Injured

Thirteen passengers were injured Wednesday when a crowded bus ran off a mountain road and plunged dozens of feet into a courtyard below.

The vehicle carrying 30 people crashed through a concrete roadside barrier and landed front-first inside a private farm residence, dramatic surveillance camera footage shows.

A statement Thursday by police in Huan County, Gansu Province, northwestern China, said the incident occurred when the 35-seater bus failed to round a bend and crashed off the road at just after 11 a.m. local time.

CCTV images from the farmhouse show the bus, which was registered to Heshui County Transportation Co. Ltd., overturning on its left side after landing in the courtyard, before a number of passengers are seen climbing to safety from its broken windows.

Social media footage taken in the aftermath of the incident showed bystanders filming the crash site from the elevated road, which 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 released in the police report. The authorities said an investigation into the traffic incident was ongoing.

A spokesperson for the Huan County government confirmed that all of the injured victims were passengers on the bus, Chinese Community Party-owned newspaper The Beijing News reported.

The Huan County Emergency Management Office said the last of the victims was helped out of the wreckage within eight minutes of rescuers' arrival.

The Beijing News reported that the passengers were agricultural observers from Heshui County, about 70 miles southwest of Huan County.

In July, 21 people—among them many high school students—lost their lives when a local bus in Anshun, Guizhou Province, swerved off a road and crashed headlong into a reservoir.

The incident, which left 16 people injured, was later ruled as having been done deliberately by the 52-year-old driver, surnamed Zhang, who was also intoxicated. He was killed in the crash.

A similar high-profile incident happened in October 2018 when a passenger attacked a bus driver in Chongqing, causing the operator to swerve off a 164-foot-high bridge and plunge into the Yangtze River with a total of 15 people on board.

In the aftermath of the incident, rescuer divers managed to recover 13 bodies, but the two remaining victims were never found.

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File photo: A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early on November 1, 2018. STR/AFP via Getty Images