15 dead, 44 injured in horror highway pile-up

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.


As of Sunday morning, the death toll from the catastrophic crash had risen to 15 with 44 people injured.

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.