17 people were killed and 37 more were injured following another tragic and massive accident on a Chinese expressway involving 56 cars.
The accident occurred on Monday on a expressway in Shanxi province that links Beijing and Kunming. Investigations into what caused the crash are underway, but Xinhua reports that it took place during rainy and snow weather conditions.
Horrifying photos from the scene of the accident show burnt-out wrecks of cars and overturned tractor trailers scattered across the road.
Unfortunately, massive automobile accidents aren’t uncommon on Chinese highways, especially when adverse weather is involved. In March, a 47-car pile up also took place in Shanxi province, killing 3 and injuring 7. Preliminary reports indicated that the crash was caused by heavy fog blanketing the area.
A 2015 WHO report estimates that over 200,000 road deaths occur in China each year. That number is at least four times more than what the Chinese government has estimated in recent years.
Watch footage from the scene of the accident below:
[Video via CCTV News]
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