Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

15 killed as truck hits 31-car lineup in China

15 killed as truck hits 31-car lineup in China

The driver of the articulated truck lost control on a downhill stretch of motorway in the city of Lanzhou and crashed into the line of 31 vehicles.

31 vehicles were involved in the horror crash, and 10 of the 44 injured were in a serious condition as a result, China Daily reported.

However, according to China's Xinhua news, the lorry driver told authorities his brakes failed as he travelled down a hill towards the toll station.

Photo taken on Nov 3, 2018 shows the site of a traffic accident at Lanzhou south toll station of Lanzhou-Haikou expressway in northwest China's Gansu province.

He is being investigated and are under police watch as officers try to confirm the claim.

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Local police, in a statement released Sunday, faulted the truck driver, saying he lost control of his vehicle after continuously braking on a lengthy downslope leading to the toll gates.

The Gansu provincial authorities demanded an examination of unsafe sections of expressways across the province.

The semi-trailer was registered to Li's home northeastern Liaoning province, more than 2,000km from the scene of the incdient.

Last week, 15 people were killed after a bus veered off a bridge into China's Yangtze River. Instead of steering away, the driver crashed into the waiting cars.

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