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Death toll in China school bus crash rises to 15.

BEIJING, Dec. 13 Kyodo

The death toll in Monday's school bus crash in China's eastern Jiangsu Province has risen to 15, state media reported Tuesday.

Three hospitalized students died one day after the bus carrying 29 students home overturned in a roadside ditch in Fengxian county when the driver swerved to avoid a pedicab, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

At least eight other children remain hospitalized, Zhang Bin, deputy head of the Fengxian county government, said, according to the report.

Also Monday, a truck collided with a school bus carrying 59 students in Foshan city in China's southern Guangdong Province, injuring 37 students, one seriously, state media reported.

On Sunday, the State Council, China's Cabinet, proposed draft laws to improve school bus safety, such as requiring stricter licensing requirements for drivers and ensuring school buses have right of way in traffic.

Last month, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to improve school bus services after 19 preschoolers were killed on Nov. 16 when a coal truck smashed into an overcrowded school van in northwestern Gansu Province.
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Date:Dec 19, 2011
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