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School bus crash in China kills 12

Twelve people, including several South Korean schoolchildren, are killed when their bus is involved in an accident and caught fire inside a tunnel in eastern China.

South Korean, Chinese students among dead after fiery accident in tunnel

Smoke pours from a tunnel in Weihai, China after a school bus was involved in a crash that killed several children on Tuesday, in a photo from the Yonhap news agency. (Weibo)

Twelve people, including several South Korean schoolchildren, were killed Tuesday when their bus was involved in an accident and caught fire inside a tunnel in eastern China, the local government and a South Korean diplomat said.

The government of the city of Weihai said in an online statement that those killed included six Chinese and five South Korean children, aged three through six, along with the driver of the bus. Their teacher was severely injured, it said.

However, the South Korean diplomat based in the nearby city of Qingdao said 10 of the children were South Korean and just one Chinese. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to reporters.

The Weihai city government said the children attended a local Korean international school and were on their way to class when their leased bus entered the tunnel at about 9 a.m. local time.

A vice-governor of the surrounding province of Shandong has been appointed to lead the investigation into the cause of the accident and the resulting fire, the government added.