Pile-up on Chi­nese mo­tor­way kills 17

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A HUGE pile-up on a Chi­nese mo­tor­way killed at least 17 peo­ple when a to­tal of 56 ve­hi­cles crashed into each other in win­ter weather, state me­dia said yes­ter­day.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened in snow and rainy weather in the north­ern prov­ince of Shanxi, on an ex­press­way link­ing Bei­jing with Kun­ming, the of­fi­cial news agency Xin­hua re­ported.

Pic­tures of the scene showed lor­ries scat­tered hap­haz­ardly across the road, some of them over­turned, and burnt-out wrecks of cars af­ter the crash.

An­other 37 in­jured peo­ple were stable af­ter treat­ment, Xin­hua said.

Traf­fic ac­ci­dents are com­mon in China, with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion es­ti­mat­ing that more than 260,000 peo­ple were killed on the coun­try’s roads in 2013 alone.

The WHO fig­ures are strik­ingly higher than of­fi­cial pro­nounce­ments, in a coun­try where govern­ment data are of­ten ques­tioned, with the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­port­ing 58,539 traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties that year – less than a quar­ter of the WHO’s ap­prox­i­ma­tion. –

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