44 people were killed and 11 wounded after a bus carrying 50 tourists in the Tibet Autonomous Region plowed into two vehicles on a mountain highway and then careened off the road, falling 10 meters before it landed on its roof. The casualties included a Shanghai man and his son. Shanghai Daily reports:
The Shanghai Tourism Administration said the pair had booked a trip to Tibet through the Shanghai Global Travel Agency in Xuhui District and joined a group run by the Feixiang Travel Agency in Tibet after they arrived in the region.
Four relatives were due to arrive in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, last night. Three representatives of the Shanghai travel agency are with them.
The accident happened on the No. 318 National Highway in Nyemo County, about 90 kilometers from Lhasa.
Police have arrested the managers of both the Tibetan travel agency and the bus tour company, reports Xinhua.
According to the NY Times:
“China has spent heavily to develop tourism in Tibet, arguing that economic development will help stem local Tibetan opposition to Beijing’s hard-line policies in the region. Last year, 12.9 million Chinese tourists visited the region, a 22 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the state news media.”