Chinese media say 15 killed in school bus crash

By the Associated Press | December 12, 2011 | 8:06 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a school bus belonging to a primary school has overturned, killing at least 15 students, despite a recent government pledge to improve safety after an earlier crash of a school van.

The official Xinhua News Agency did not give the ages of the victims in the crash Monday evening.

It said the bus was carrying 29 students when it overturned in Xuzhou city in Jiangsu province in eastern China. It said 11 others were hurt.

Last month, 19 students and two adults were killed when a nine-seat private school van packed with 62 children and two adults crashed head-on with a truck in northwest Gansu province. Premier Wen Jiabao pledged more support for school safety after that accident.