According to NBC News, on Sunday, September 18, a bus from the southwestern city of Guiyang crashed while transporting people to a COVID quarantine site. At least 27 people died as a result of the accident.
As seen by photos posted on Chinese social media, the gold-colored passenger bus sustained significant damage due to the crash. Its top is wholly crumpled.
The bus driver’s photo is what draws people’s attention. The photo, taken at night, shows the driver was allegedly covered head to toe in a hazmat suit, including goggles and a face mask. [Image]
Wearing such hazmat suits at night affects the driver’s concentration, vision, and oxygen intake.
Netizens say late-night driving is so stressful.
Since the incident, anger and criticism over China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy have erupted.
Social media users said,
- “27 people, who did not die in the coronavirus, but died in the bus accident [on the way to] quarantine? Even if they are positive, the death rate of the virus is extremely low, who made such a tragedy?”
- “We are all on the bus leading to death.”
According to The New York Times, one of the most popular comments after the accident has been, “We’re on that bus, too.”
They also shared an old article titled “Evil is prevalent because we obey unconditionally” on their social media.
Then, they asked themselves, “What can I do so I will not end up on that bus?”
The bus crashed just after 2 a.m. on Sunday on a highway in Sandu county, rolling down an eight-meter embankment. The location was about 105 miles (170 km) southeast of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province.
Just one day following the incident, on Monday, Guiyang officials declared the city would achieve “societal zero-COVID.”
As VOA News reported, the fatal bus crash quickly became a trending topic on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo on the afternoon of the accident. However, the issue suddenly disappeared shortly after from the top 50 trending topics.
After the crash, China’s social media flooded with an outpouring of posts. Some of them criticized the Chinese regime’s COVID prevention measures. As a result, hundreds of public comments were deleted.
The South China Morning Post reported that Weibo had suspended 108 accounts for two weeks due to “violating the site’s policies.” In addition, more than 652 posts related to the Guizhou bus accident were removed.