At least 15 dead, 44 injured in China truck crash

Cheryl Sanders
November 6, 2018

A truck hit 31 cars and killed at least 15 people after the driver lost control Saturday night near an expressway toll booth in northwestern China, Chinese authorities said.

Media reports say it was the first time the driver had driven on the stretch of road.

Photo taken on Nov 3, 2018 shows the site of a traffic accident at Lanzhou south toll station of Lanzhou-Haikou expressway in northwest China's Gansu province.

Violations of traffic laws were blamed for almost 90 percent of accidents that caused deaths or injuries that year.

The driver of the truck said his brakes failed while travelling downhill, Xinhua said. Another five people were injured. Eight people were killed and one was injured, authorities said.

The death toll in a 31-vehicle pile-up on an expressway in Gansu Province on Saturday evening has risen to 15 with 44 injured as of Sunday morning, local authorities said.

The driver then suddenly yanked the wheel hard to the left and the bus veered onto incoming traffic, striking a vehicle before breaking through the rails of the bridge crossing the Yangtze River, in the southwest city of Chongqing.

Video from an on-board camera showed a woman attacking the driver after she missed her stop, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

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