Parents had safety fears for jammed China bus

By LOUISE WATT | November 17, 2011 | 12:40 AM EST

In this photo taken on a mobile phone, two police officers, front, investigate at the accident scene where a kindergarten minibus, left, collided head-on with a truck loaded with coal, right, on a road at Yu Linzi township in Qingyang, in northwestern China's Gansu province, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. At least 17 kindergarten kids and two adults were killed when the nine-seater school minibus crammed with 64 people crashed on its way to class in western China, officials and state media said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

BEIJING (AP) — Relatives of poor children who were injured when their overcrowded school minibus crashed say they had worried for their safety every time they got in the makeshift bus.

The nine-seater vehicle was stuffed with 62 kindergarten students, a teacher and the driver when it crashed head on with a heavy truck on Wednesday morning in a remote, rural area.

Officials say at least 18 kindergarten students and the two adults were killed. The two people in the truck were unhurt.

At one of the two hospitals where the dozens of injured children were being treated, relatives said Thursday they knew the bus was overcrowded.

"It was very dangerous," said the uncle of 5-year-old Wu Cheng, who was in the back of the bus when it slammed into the truck.