Tuesday, August 28, 2012

China Buzz

China Buzz


Australian praised for saving drowning man in Eastern China

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 07:12 PM PDT

Australian praised for saving drowning man in Eastern China

An Australian man has received praises from Chinese public for saving a drowning victim in Yantai city, Shangdong province.

At around 11:20 a.m. on August 26, a young man was drowning himself when swimming in the sea at Jinshatan beach, a famous seaside tourist resort in Yantai. An Australian, who was enjoying his own time some hundred meters away, quickly jumped into the sea and swam to the drowning man on spotting that.

After pulling the victim back to the beach, the Australian applied the first aid by giving him the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which finally helped the man regain his consciousness.

Amazingly, the Australian man’s pet dog had been accompanying him during the whole course of rescuing work, including pulling the victim from the sea together.

The vicitm later was rushed to a hospital by an arrived ambulance and has no danger now.

The kind rescuer, who only gave his name as Jason, was later learned to be a director from a foreign-funded company in Yantai city.

Australian praised for saving drowning man in Eastern China

Deadly accident involving sleeper bus in northwest China raises safety concerns

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 05:35 PM PDT

Deadly accident involving sleeper bus in northwest China raises safety concerns

Thirty-six people were killed in a rear-end accident involving a dohble-decker sleeper bus and a tanker with methanol on Sunday morning in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, reviving public concerns over the safety of overnight or sleeper buses.

The deadly collision occurred at around 2:40 a.m. on August 26, near Shaanxi’s Yan’an city on the Baotou-Maoming Highway, when the double-decker sleeper bus carrying 39 people rammed into the back of the tanker filled with a highly flammable liquid methanol.

The accidently quickly resulted in a fire that engulfed both vehicles and killed 36 on the bus. The three other passengers survived the accident by escaping from a window, but two of them were seriously burned too.

The tanker’s two drivers, who are taken into police custody now, luckily were unharmed in the accident.

It was said, China is the only country that designs and uses the double-decker overnight bus, though its safety has been questioned all the time.

In the past 17 months, there had been at least six fatal traffic accidents involving the double-decker sleeper bus, which had claimed the lives of more than 140 people. Besides, most of the accidents happened in the early morning when the passengers were asleep, and all the drivers were suspected of driving under the influence of fatigue.

On March 1 this year, the relevant authorties started banning the productin and sale of such sleeper buses for safety concerns, and stopped the registration of businesses with sleeper buses involved as well.

However reportedly, over 30,000 sleeper buses are currently still in use to transport passengers on more than 5,000 routes.

And according to the scappage standard for the sleeper buses, the operation of the buses would not disappear in next 5 years.

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