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5 detained over bus deaths of 8 Chinese schoolchildren

BEIJING--Police in southern China said Sunday that they have detained five people over a bus accident that killed eight elementary school students and injured 32 others last week.

Those detained included the driver and an executive with the bus company, a notice on the Hainan provincial government's website said.

The principal of the private Xincai School, its chief investor and her husband were also detained, the notice said.

Thursday's accident came during an outing organized by the school for 586 students. The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident occurred when the bus with a total of 47 people on board rolled over on a road under construction that was slippery from rain.

Xinhua said no special safety arrangements for the outing had been made with local authorities, despite the large number of students taking part. It said those killed were four girls and four boys.

Chinese authorities demanded improvements in school bus safety following a series of deadly accidents in recent years.

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