13 killed as 41 vehicle pile up on a Chinese highway

A massive traffic pile up in a fog shrouded expressway in eastern China left 12 people killed and 13 others injured.

Beijing: A massive traffic pile up in a fog shrouded expressway in eastern China left 12 people killed and 13 others injured.

Forty-one vehicles were involved in the massive pile up in east China`s Jiangxi Province, local traffic police said. The vehicles, mostly trucks, crashed into the back of each other amid thick fog this morning on an expressway in Zhangshu City, Jiangxi police said in a statement.

The 41 vehicles included a bus and a fireworks-laden truck, a fire-fighter at the scene told Xinhua newsagency. Luckily the fireworks-laden truck did not catch fire where as seven trucks, including one laden with wood burst into flames.

More than 120 people were evacuated from the scene. Two people are still trapped in their vehicles and rescuers are working to pull them out.

Heavy smoke still shrouded the scene Friday afternoon. At least five fire trucks and dozens of fire-fighters are at the scene to rescue victims and extinguish the blaze. Firefighters said the death toll is likely to rise.

Separately, in a different part of China Friday, heavy fog caused another massive pileup. On an expressway near the port city of Qingdao in east China`s Shandong Province, more than 40 vehicles crashed into the back of each other, causing simple injuries to an unspecified number of people.

PTI

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