Death toll in Hu­nan car ram­page rises to 11, dozens hurt

Global Times - - Nation -

Author­i­ties said the death toll from a car ram­page at a square in Cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Province has risen to 11, with 44 oth­ers hurt.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the sus­pect Yang Zanyun in­ten­tion­ally drove his car into a crowd Wed­nes­day evening along a square in Heng­dong county, Hengyang city. He then at­tacked peo­ple us­ing a dag­ger and a shovel, the Sina Weibo ac­count of the Hengyang gov­ern­ment in­ter­net in­for­ma­tion of­fice said on Thurs­day.

As of Thurs­day, 11 peo­ple had died and 44 re­mained in a hospi­tal, the of­fice said.

Author­i­ties have ap­pealed for blood do­na­tions and listed seven do­na­tion points around the city.

The of­fice said Yang sought re­venge on so­ci­ety af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to prison sev­eral times for drug deal­ing, theft, and in­ten­tion­ally harm­ing oth­ers, cit­ing ini­tial po­lice find­ings.

Lo­cal po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and lo­cal author­i­ties are han­dling the af­ter­math, the of­fice said.

Born in 1964 in Heng­dong, Yang was di­ag­nosed with gas­tric cancer and coro­nary heart dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to a ver­dict against Yang posted on­line in March.

Yang was sen­tenced to 18 months in prison in Jan­uary 2018. He was sup­posed to have been re­leased on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019, the ver­dict said.

The sen­tence was re­vised at a sec­ond trial to six months in jail, which started on Au­gust 31, 2017, the procu­ra­torate told news out­let btime.com.

When reached by the Global Times to con­firm the state­ment, an anony­mous procu­ra­torate of­fi­cial de­clined to com­ment.

Two stu­dents of Hengyang-based Univer­sity of South China on Thurs­day donate blood at a blood do­na­tion sta­tion at Xiangzheng district, Hengyang, Cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Province. Wed­nes­day’s car ram­page in the city killed 11 peo­ple and in­jured 44 oth­ers. Dozens of uni­ver­si­ties do­nated blood as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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