A road accident, involving a minibus in southern China on Wednesday, killed at least 10 people, including four children. Three more people were injured in the accident, which took place on the first day of the travel season that revolves around Chinese New Year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 11-seater bus had 13 people on board at the time of the accident, Xinhua reported, adding that the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp bend going downhill on an expressway in Xingning. Hospital authorities said that the injured passengers are still in critical condition.

During the 40-day New Year travel period, when Chinese families typically hold reunions, the country is reportedly expected to accommodate 2.8 billion trips this year. At the same time, poor roads and overcrowded vehicles continue to contribute to major road accidents in the country, according to The Associated Press.