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Tour bus accident in Tibet kills at least 44, Chinese media says

By Mayra Cuevas, CNN
August 11, 2014 -- Updated 1014 GMT (1814 HKT)
Rescuers work to pull victims from an overturned tour bus after it fell off a cliff in Nyemo County, Tibet, on Saturday, August 9. Rescuers work to pull victims from an overturned tour bus after it fell off a cliff in Nyemo County, Tibet, on Saturday, August 9.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bus was involved in three-vehicle pileup, Chinese authorities say
  • Crash site was along the National Highway in Tibet

(CNN) -- A tour bus accident in southwest Tibet left at least 44 people dead, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported via Twitter Saturday. Xinhua cited a spokesman with the regional government.

The bus was involved in a three-vehicle pileup along the National Highway in Nyemo County in Tibet, according to Xinhua. It crashed against a sports utility vehicle and a pickup truck, and then plunged into the valley. Photos showed the wrecked bus resting upside down by a riverbank.

Photos also showed emergency personnel and rescue workers carrying passengers from the scene in stretchers. Dozens of pieces of luggage were piled to the side of the retaining wall.

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