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China highway crash: At least three dead in a 43-vehicle pileup in thick fog

Huge fire erupts on a Chinese highway after ‘more than 40 vehicles rear-ended one another in thick fog’, killing at least three

  • Massive pileup occurred on the Baotou–Maoming Expressway in China today
  • The fatal accident involved a tanker carrying 34 tonnes of flammable chemical 
  • Footage filmed by an eyewitness shows the highway engulfed in raging flames  
  • Another six were wounded and rescuers efforts were ongoing, state media said

At least three people have been killed after more than 40 vehicles rear-ended one another in thick fog on a highway in China, according to Chinese authorities.

The pileup triggered a huge fire on the Baotou–Maoming Expressway in the north-western province of Shaanxi this morning, provincial officials claimed.

Another six people were wounded in the serial collisions and rescue efforts were ongoing, state media said.

The collisions triggered a huge fire involving more than 10 vehicles, according to Chinese state media

At least three people were killed and six more were wounded in the massive pileup on the Baotou-Maoming Expressway in the north-western Chinese province of Shaanxi this morning

The accident occurred at around 7am on an overpass in the Tongchuan section of the motorway, the Shaanxi Provincial Emergency Management Office said in a statement.

It was said to consist of three separate crashes – all caused by heavy fog – and involved a total of 43 vehicles.

A report from state broadcaster CCTV said that the accident involved a tanker which was carrying 34 tonnes of Methanol, a flammable chemical element.

More than 10 vehicles caught fire and multiple people were said to be trapped. 

Officials said the fire did not spread to the tank truck.  

State media reported that the accident involved a tanker carrying 34 tonnes of flammable chemical

More than 10 vehicles caught fire and multiple people were said to be trapped

State media reported that the accident involved a tanker carrying 34 tonnes of flammable chemical. More than 10 vehicles caught fire and multiple people were said to be trapped

Footage filmed by an eyewitness shows the road engulfed in raging flames, which were burning through wrecked vehicles.

Authorities dispatched 16 fire engines and 105 firefighters to the scene, and the blaze was ‘brought under control’ about an hour and 40 minutes later, CCTV wrote.

Rescuers were still searching for survivors when the fire was put out.

Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced.

China suffered more than 180,000 traffic accidents in 2015, killing 58,000 people.

Police in recent years have increased their presence to reduce the number of overcrowded or poorly maintained vehicles, crack down on speeding and raise awareness about driving while physically exhausted or otherwise impaired.

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