updated 4/10/2006 9:10:47 PM ET 2006-04-11T01:10:47

A truck crashed into a minivan and a passenger bus in northwest China after its brakes failed, killing at least 26 people and injuring 24, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon near Tianshui, a city in Gansu province, when the truck loaded with bicycle wheels collided with the minivan and the bus, Xinhua said.

Seven people were killed on the spot and 19 died after medical treatment failed, Xinhua said. An additional six people, including a 3-year-old child, were badly wounded, it said, citing traffic police.

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