A shipment of glass spilt from a truck on a Shanghai highway, flattening a car and killing three of its passengers, according Tencent.
The fatal accident occurred as the truck was traveling along the Zhufeng highway around noon on Saturday, March 28. According to the report, the truck lurched as it braked to stop before a red light and its glass cargo was thrown from the truck, landing on a car in the adjacent lane.
Horrific pictures have emerged from the aftermath of the accident, showing the devastating effect of the weight of the glass on the small sedan. Three of its passengers were killed instantly, while two survived and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
There has yet to be an official statement as to the truck driver’s culpability for the deaths. Yet, the incident does raise questions about the efficacy of safety measures for heavy goods in transit, and whether this particular tragedy was preventable.
Given the size and speed at which trucks are known to travel in China, driving along a highway truly seems a dangerous proposition. It was only by a miracle that a truck driver escaped death in similar circumstances last year when his cargo of concrete piles shot through the driver’s cabin as he slammed on the brakes. You can watch the terrifying video here.
By Liam Bourke