A TRUCK has smashed into a line of cars at a toll booth in China, killing 15 people and injuring more than 40 others.
It happened on the Lanzhour-Haikou Expressway, in northwest China’s Gansu Province on Saturday evening.
It’s understood a tower-crane truck lost control before ploughing into as many as 31 cars waiting at the Lanzhou South Toll Station about 7.20pm local time.
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As of Sunday morning, the death toll from the catastrophic crash had risen to 15 with 44 people injured.
15 people were dead and 44 others injured in the 31-vehicle pile-up on an expressway in northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday evening, local authorities said. https://t.co/RCXbtoznN4 pic.twitter.com/RbEoaxuXAU
— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) November 4, 2018
The truck driver, who was only slightly injured in the crash, is under police guard and is being investigated.
He told police the truck’s brakes failed on a continuous downhill section of the expressway.
Local authorities have demanded that dangerous sections of expressways across the province be examined.
Last week, 15 people died when a bus to plunged off a bridge into China’s Yangtze River in the city of Chongqing.
At least 14 people were killed and 27 others injured in a 31-vehicle pile-up on an expressway in Northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday evening, local authorities said. https://t.co/wrFnorfLtu pic.twitter.com/y6ISPk3wZk
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) November 3, 2018
The death toll in a 31-vehicle pile-up on an expressway in northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday evening has risen to 15 with 44 injured as of Sunday morning https://t.co/1sZFWDeVXV pic.twitter.com/GSt7c67JUa
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) November 4, 2018