Slippery conditions and fog are believed to have contributed to a big highway pileup that eliminated 17 individuals in northeastern China.
The crash included 56 automobiles on the Beijing-Kunming highway located in China’s Shanxi province around 9 a.m. Monday, as per state news agency Xinhua.
“The fog was heavy, so I drove slowly when I leave the tunnel,” one driver associated with the incident informed state-run CCTV. “I saw 2 automobiles horizontally blocking the roadway, so I stepped on the brake.”
It had been snowing and raining prior to the mishap, which likewise injured 37 individuals, Xinhua noted.
Firefighters informed CCTV that when they arrived they battled a blaze at the front of the pileup.
“While a few of us manned the pipes, a chief officer led the rescue efforts of trapped personnel,” firefighter Wang Ruobing stated.
A day after the crash the highway was still closed to traffic, as per the Shanxi Traffic Control Center. Investigation remains on-going.