Bus crash in China kills 27 people being taken to COVID quarantine

An aerial view of buildings and a parking lot.
A coronavirus testing site in Guiyang, China.
(Yang Ying / Associated Press)

A bus reportedly taking 47 people to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed before dawn Sunday, killing 27 and injuring 20 others, media said.

The bus overturned on an expressway in Guizhou province, a brief statement from the Sandu County police said, without mentioning any connection to a quarantine. The injured were being treated, it said.

Chinese business news outlet Caixin said Sandu officials confirmed the passengers were “epidemic-related people” being taken from Guiyang, the provincial capital, to Lido County, which is about 125 miles southeast.


Guiyang reported about 180 new COVID cases Friday. China has maintained a “zero-COVID” policy that isolates infected people and close contacts to try to contain the spread of the disease.

The bus overturned about 2:40 a.m., according to an online report by an arm of the Guizhou Daily media group. Following the accident, it said that provincial leaders called for an examination into the pandemic transfer and isolation procedures.