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Chinese officials fired over deadly road accident

By the CNN Wire Staff
Family members carry an injured child to an ambulance.
Family members carry an injured child to an ambulance.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Monday crash occurred while children were on their way to school
  • The education and traffic officials were fired on Tuesday

Beijing (CNN) -- Six education and traffic officials were fired Tuesday, a day after 14 children died when a three-wheeled vehicle plunged into a creek in central China, according to state media.

The vehicle was carrying 20 children, according to the Xinhua news agency. Several others were injured in the Monday crash in China's Hunan province.

The cause of the accident was under investigation Monday, but a spokesman with the city government's information office said the weather was very foggy when the vehicle plunged into the body of water, Xinhua said.

The incident happened in the Songjiang Township of Hengnan County, a county education bureau spokesman told Xinhua.