At least 19 people, most high school students, were killed when an overloaded commuter ferry sank in the Yangtze River in eastern China, a local police spokesman said Saturday.

The 2.5-ton wooden ferry, traveling along a branch of the Yangtze River in eastern Anhui Province, was carrying more than 50 passengers when it sank Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman from the Anhui Province Public Security Bureau said.At least 19 people died in the boat accident and 10 were reported missing after nearly two days of searching by rescue workers, he said.

More than 30 of the passengers, including 17 of those drowned, were junior and senior high school students commuting home from school.