China: 52 killed in road accidents in one day



China: 52 killed in road accidents in one day Beijing: At least 52 people were killed and 19 others injured in three major road accidents across China on Friday, police said.

At least 35 people were killed in an expressway accident in north China's port city of Tianjin, police said.

The accident occurred when a coach rolled over after colliding with a car at the Tianjin section of an expressway linking the city's Binhai New Area with the city of Baoding in neighboring Hebei Province.

It is not immediately clear how many people were injured, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted an official with the Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau as saying.

In the second accident, at least six people were killed and another 19 were injured in a 24-car pileup in east China's Anhui province, traffic police said.

The accident occurred on an expressway in Xiaoxian County. The injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to Tang Yao, a publicity official from the local traffic bureau.

The accident halted traffic on the expressway for four hours, Tang said.

In the third accident, 11 people have been confirmed dead in a collision truck-mini-bus collision in Sheqi County in central China's Henan province.

All of the mini-bus's 11 passengers were killed instantly, said Yang Yinpeng, a county official.

China zipped past the United States in 2009 to become the world's largest auto market. However, the booming nation's roads are among the world's most dangerous.

Almost 70,000 people died in road accidents in 2009 -- around 190 fatalities a day -- according to latest available police statistics.

PTI