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Van crashes into pond in China, 11 children dead

BEIJING — A minivan carrying 15 children to kindergarten plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China on Monday, killing 11 children, state media and a local official said.

Three children died at the scene of the accident in Guixi city in Jiangxi province and another eight died in the hospital, said an official from the city’s Communist Party committee.

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The official, like many other Chinese bureaucrats, gave only his surname, Jiang.

The accident is the latest in a string of deadly crashes in China involving children.

Police detained the driver for questioning, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The minivan belonged to Chunlei kindergarten, which doesn’t have a government license to operate, according to an article on the website of state broadcaster China Central Television, which did not cite any sources.

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