35 killed in road accident, 70,000 killed in 2009 in road mishaps in China

At least 35 people were killed when a bus rolled after colliding with a car on a stretch of highway in northern China on Friday, state media reported.The accident occurred near the port city of Tianjin, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local authorities. It was not clear how many people had been injured, according to the brief dispatch.The fatal crash was the latest on China’s notoriously dangerous roads, where drivers often flout seldom-enforced traffic safety laws. In September, nine people were killed and over 20 injured when a passenger bus rear-ended a cement truck on a highway in eastern China’s Anhui province.Almost 70,000 people died in road accidents in China in 2009 — around 190 fatalities a day — according to police statistics.China overtook the United States in 2009 to become the world’s largest auto market.

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