BEIJING: At least 22 people have been killed and 38 others injured when a bus overturned on an expressway in northwest China during the week-long Chinese New Year holidays, state media reported today.
The accident took place last night in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The 428-km-long expressway links Kashgar - located near the border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - with Aksu in the southwestern part of Xinjiang Province.
The injured have been rushed to hospital.
A record 1.15 billion trips were made by Chinese people during the week-long Spring Festival that ended yesterday.
Every year, millions of Chinese return to the cities where they work or attend school after reuniting with family during the Spring Festival.
The pre- and post-holiday travel rush known as "Chunyun" in Chinese has also been called the world's largest human migration.