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article image16 students injured in stampede at aquarium

By Valerie Benguiat     Mar 29, 2013 in World
Sixteen students were injured in a stampede during a field trip at an aquarium in Xi’an, at Northwest China's Shaanxi province
The stampede occurred yesterday at the Xi'an Qujiang Aquarium, when dozens of students attempted to get inside an elevator at the same time.
This is one more in the series of stampedes that have been reported in China that have no apparent cause other than the unwillingness to queue.
The University of Illinois, "the Chinese don’t queue. They don’t mind being crowded, and they’ll push one another to enter trains, buses, and so on", causing accidents such as injuries in stampedes.
A video recording from the Aquarium shows the students shoving one another, and one of them falling down, with others subsequently piling up, according to China Daily.
The primary school placed the blame on the Aquarium, saying the “slow movement of the elevator” caused the accident. The Aquarium answered that the accident was caused by the students themselves, and that the elevator is operating safely.
The injured students are being treated at a local hospital.
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