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Thursday 2 October 2014

Five missing after bus river plunge

Published 24/05/2014 | 08:02

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Two people died and five others were missing after a bus carrying Taiwanese tourists plunged into a river in south-east China

Hundreds of rescuers were searching for five missing Taiwanese tourists today after their bus plunged into a river in south-east China, killing two and injuring 11, state media reported.

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The vehicle was carrying 26 people when it fell into a section of a major river in Fujian province, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

It said 24 of the passengers were Taiwanese, and 19 had been rescued. A further two were pulled from the river but died after treatment, it said.

Eleven of the rescued were injured, three of them seriously, according to a statement on the website of Zhangzhou city government, which oversees the area.

Xinhua said police were questioning the driver.

The agency said more than 700 soldiers, police and rescuers using 50 boats were searching for the missing along with more than 200 residents.

The bus plunged into the Jiulong River near Shajian township in a rural area of Hua'an county.

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