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Bus plunges off road in China, 11 dead

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June 18, 2013 09:38 AM EST | AP

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BEIJING — A bus carrying 35 people plunged into a valley in western China on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, state media reported.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon when the bus was traveling to a tourist spot near Changji city in the region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

A Changji police official, who only gave his surname, Ma, confirmed that the accident occurred but didn't have any information about casualties.

Road accidents are common in China because of poor road conditions and bad driving habits.