3 dead, 13 missing in Tibet bus plunge

LHASA, (PNA/Xinhua) — Three people died and 13 others are still missing after a bus carrying 45 people plunged into a river in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region Monday morning, local authorities said.

The tour bus, from the capital city Lhasa heading for Nyingchi, fell from national highway 318 into the Nyang River at about 11:20 a.m.

As of 4:30 p.m., 29 people had been pulled out of water and taken to hospital, five of whom were injured.

More than 300 rescuers are searching for the missing. The river is now in flood, which makes the search more difficult.

Cause of the accident is under investigation, and traffic has resumed on the road.

This is the second fatal road accident in Tibet this month. Forty-four people were killed and 11 others injured after a tour bus rolled into a valley following a three-vehicle pile-up on August 9.