18 killed, 14 injured in coach-truck highway collision in central China

Vastavam web: The death toll in a head-on collision between a passenger coach and a truck on a highway in central China has risen to 18, with another 14 people injured, police said today.The accident took place last evening in Hunan province south of the capital Beijing. Footage from the scene showed both heavily damaged vehicles along the rain-slicked highway. It appeared that one of the vehicles may have crossed a centre divider.Despite vast improvements in safety, the World Health Organisation says about 260,000 Chinese die each year in traffic accidents, many of them pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcycle riders.