The Independent

‘Truck ploughs into mourners’ on foggy road killing 17


At least 17 people have died in a traffic accident in China as the country saw a surge in road activity due to the annual Lunar New Year holiday. The accident took place on the outskirts of Nanchang county in Jiangxi province, leaving another 22 people injured. “The accident caused 17 deaths, 22 people were injured, the injured have been sent to the hospital,” reported local staterun broadcaste­r CCTV, according to the AFP news agency.

The authoritie­s said they were probing the number of vehicles involved in the incident, as well as the circumstan­ces leading to it. But according to a local resident, the victims were mourners from Taoling village and had set up a funeral tent on the side of the road. They were hit by a truck that was passing by as they prepared to travel to the local crematoriu­m, reported news outlet Jimu News, which identified the local resident by only her surname, Deng.

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