In one accident, police said seven people died and one survived when a minivan went off a cliff and landed in the Yangtze River in Hubei province in central China about 9 p.m., Xinhua News Agency reported.
In the second accident, a bus left a road in southwestern China's Yunnan province about 5 p.m. and went off a cliff. Besides the 11 who died, six others were hospitalized in serious condition, Xinhua said.
The causes of the mishaps were being investigated.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]