11 children die after van plunges into pond

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Eleven children have died following a traffic accident that occurred Monday in east China's Jiangxi Province, local authorities said.

Photo taken on Dec. 24, 2012 shows a schoolbag floating on the pond where a van loaded with 15 kindergarten students overturned in Guixi, east China's Jiangxi Province. A special working team was set up to conduct operations such as medical cure and investigation. [Xinhua]

Four children were injured after a van carrying 15 kindergarteners and one teacher plunged into a roadside pond around 9 a.m. in a rural area of Guixi City, which is located in the city of Yingtan, a spokesman for the Yingtan municipal government said.

Three children died instantly, while another eight died at a local hospital after efforts to save them failed.

The four injured are in stable condition, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the pond is about 3 to 4 meters deep.

Police have detained the van's driver for questioning and are investigating the cause of the accident.

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