Beijing - A bus
struck a container truck near Beijing and burst into flames on Monday,
killing five German tourists and a Chinese driver as motorists jammed
roads at the start of a week-long holiday.
Fourteen people were injured in
the mid-morning accident as the bus on the road linking the capital to
the neighboring city of Tianjin ran into the back of the truck, the
official Xinhua News Agency said.
Police were investigating the cause.
China has waived road tolls for the holiday,
prompting 85 million motorists to take to the roads - 13.3 percent more
than last year, the Transport Ministry said.
Officials expected a total of 740 million trips to be undertaken.
accidents are among the leading causes of death in China, with many new
and often poorly trained drivers taking to the roads.
quoted by state media, say about 100,000 have been killed in accidents
annually over the past decade, with the figure dipping to 70,000 last