Look at this van. How many young children can fit inside? (No, this isn’t a variation of a dead baby joke.) At least 40? At least 40. Because it’s a clown van, and the gimmick is there’s always room for one more than you’d expect.
By my very unofficial count, it was closer to 50 kids than 40, but at some point, we can just say: way too damn many.
On November 16, 2011, a nine-seater van carrying 62 children — way too damn many — plus two adults collided with a truck in Gansu province. Eighteen kindergarteners, their teacher, and the driver died.
The nationwide outcy spawned new regulations about school bus safety, but just a month later, 15 primary school children were killed when their bus rolled into a river.
A year later, a similar incident — a bus driving into a pond — killed 11 children in Jiangxi province.
If you were a parent, knowing the road safety flaws in China, particularly on buses, what would you do if your child was packed along with nearly 50 other children into a van?
Just wondering. Clown cars and clown situations are all fun and games until someone gets hurt.