China : 13 killed in high­way ac­ci­dents amid travel rush

Millennium Post - - Mp World -

BEI­JING: Ac­ci­dents on icy high­ways in cen­tral China left at least 13 dead and dozens in­jured this week­end as mil­lions of fam­i­lies were head­ing home from the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day.

Five were killed shortly af­ter 5 am on Sun­day in a 23-car pileup near the city of An­qing in An­hui province.

A sec­ond ac­ci­dent fol­lowed three hours later near the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of He­fei af­ter a minibus col­lided with a pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle.

On Satur­day night, two pile­ups in­volv­ing at least 100 ve­hi­cles killed two and in­jured 50, ten se­ri­ously, in Guizhou province.

Po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way.

Both Guizhou and An­hui have been hit by snow and freez­ing rain, leav­ing high­ways dan­ger­ously slick.

Pho­tos of the An­hui ac­ci­dent that left five dead posted by on­line news web­site The Paper showed smashed ve­hi­cles squeezed up against each along a moun­tain­ous sec­tion of high­way.

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