Shaanxi bus–tanker crash

From Deep web, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Shaanxi bus–tanker crash
Crash site is located in China
Crash site
Crash site
Crash site (China)
Accident location shown within northern China
Date26 August 2012
LocationYan'an, Shaanxi, China
CauseCollision, highly flammable methanol

On 26 August 2012, a double-decker sleeper bus crashed into a tanker in northern China, near the city of Yan'an in the Shaanxi province. The tanker was loaded with highly flammable methanol. 36 people were killed.

The accident was the deadliest in China since the 2011 Xinyang bus fire, when a fire in an overcrowded sleeper bus containing flammable material killed 41 people.[1]

The crash[edit]

On 26 August 2012, a tanker returned to the highway following an early-morning rest stop. Meanwhile, a double-decker sleeper bus carrying 39 people left Hohhot, in Inner Mongolia, and headed south to Xi'an.[2]

The tanker was rear-ended by the bus at approximately 2:00 a.m. on the Baotou-Maoming motorway[3] in north China.[2]

The tanker was loaded with highly flammable methanol, causing the tanker and bus to explode in flames. Thirty-six people were killed in the crash,[2] partly due to the fact that many of the passengers were sleeping at the time of the explosion.[3] Three people survived the crash but were hospitalized with injuries.[2][3]

Identification of victims[edit]

On 28 August 2012, the Chinese government announced that it had confirmed the identities of twenty-six of those killed, via DNA testing.


Following pictures of safety official Yang Dacai depicting him grinning at the scene of the crash, Chinese officials have launched an investigation into Yang, although Yang said he was simply trying to cheer people. Web users have been outraged at the pictures, and some web users discovered pictures of Yang wearing wrist watches which cost over $40,000, and demanded an investigation into Yang's behavior. However, Yang has said that he "used legal income" to buy these watches.[4] Nonetheless, he was later stripped of all his official duties for "serious wrongdoing" amid reports that officials were also investigating other trails of "wrongdoing."[5] He was later jailed for 14 years for corruption.[6]


  1. ^ Connor, Neil (26 August 2012). "Tanker-bus crash inferno kills 36 in China". AFP. Yahoo. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bus Collides With Tanker in China, Killing 36". Associated Press. The New York Times. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Chinese bus collides with tanker, killing 36". BBC. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Shaanxi bus crash: China probes 'smiling official'". BBC. August 31, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "Shaanxi bus crash: China sacks 'smiling official'". BBC News Online. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  6. ^ "China's 'Brother Wristwatch' Yang Dacai jailed for 14 years for corruption". The Guardian. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2019-04-29.