Eleven killed as school bus crashes into pond in China

Eleven people, including eight young children, died in China after the overcrowded minivan they were travelling in crashed into a pond.

The bus was transporting eight kindergarten pupils and two teachers when it plunged into the pond yesterday in a mountainous area near Hunan province.

The vehicle is pulled out of the pond after the fatal accident. Credit: Reuters

One of the victim's father claimed the van - which was designed to seat seven passengers - was consistently overcrowded.

The vehicle was pulled out of the pond with the children and driver inside. The bodies of two teachers were discovered an hour later.

The safety of school transportation has been a sensitive issue in China in recent years, after eighteen children died in 2011 when a packed school bus collided with a truck.