At least 15 dead in NW China expressway toll gate pile-up

China bus crash

China bus crash

Xinhua says a traffic accident involving more than 30 vehicles occurred on an expressway in the city of Lanzhou on Saturday evening.

At least 15 people have died and 44 have been injured after an out-of-control truck ploughed into a 31-car lineup in northwest China, officials have said.

According to media reports, "Another 44 people were injured in the pile-up at the toll station which is close to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu".

Ten of the 44 injured people were seriously injured, according to local government.

The truck driver, who was only slightly injured in the crash, is under police guard and is being investigated.

The crash comes less than a week after 13 people were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge and into a river in Chongqing, south-western China.

Footage shows the women attacking the driver with her phone, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The driver said the vehicle had a brake failure in the continuous downhill section of the expressway.

Violations of traffic laws were blamed for almost 90 percent of accidents that caused deaths or injuries that year.

In the meantime, Gansu provincial authorities have ordered unsafe sections of expressways to be inspected.

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