56-car pileup in northeastern China leaves 17 people dead

56-car pile up in northeastern China, 17 deaths

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.

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