Road accident kills 16 members of Chinese wedding party

Sixteen members of a wedding party were killed in eastern China when the farm vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a truck carrying gravel, reports said.

Beijing: Sixteen members of a wedding party
were killed in eastern China when the farm vehicle they were
travelling in was hit by a truck carrying gravel, reports said
on Saturday.

The three-wheeled transporter was carrying 22 people in
all, a local official in the Shenxian district of Shandong
province, identifying himself as Gu, told a news agency.

He said the driver of the truck fled the incident, which
took place on Thursday but was reported by media only on
Saturday.

Six other passengers, two of them children, were in
stable condition.

State-run Xinhua news agency said the passengers were
returning home from a wedding banquet and that the driver of
the transporter, who was among the dead, was suspected of
drunk driving.

Chinese roads are considered among the most dangerous in
the world, with 200 to 300 people killed in accidents every
day according to official statistics.

PTI

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