North Korean bus crash
24 Apr 2018

36 dead in North Korean bus crash

Communication Group
Civilian Deaths
Traffic Accidents

Thirty-six people died in a bus crash in North Korea on April 22, most of them Chinese tourists, according to international media.

Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed in a traffic accident south of Pyongyang, Chinese officials said Monday.

Two other Chinese tourists were badly injured and in serious condition, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

China has dispatched a medical team accompanied by diplomats to assist the North Korean side.

Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a news conference that the accident occurred Sunday night in North Hwanghae province in North Korea's capital.

Footage on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed the wreckage of a bus in the dark with falling rain. Rescue vehicles were on the scene,. The injured were shown being treated in a hospital.

Officials said two others from China are in very serious condition as a result of the accident in North Hwanghae province in North Korea.

Details on the backgrounds of those killed and injured and the circumstances of the accident were not disclosed.

Chinese tourists make up the vast majority of visitors to North Korea, where they often pay homage at sites related to China's participation in the war.

Only about 5,000 Westerners visit the isolated, hard-line communist state each year.

North Korean roads are often bumpy and poorly maintained. There is usually no lighting other than headlights at night, even on major roads outside of the cities. Drivers tend to travel at high speed, making the roads even more dangerous, particularly when the weather is bad.