15 killed in China highway accident

February 19th, 2008 - 1:03 pm ICT by admin  

Changsha (China), Feb 19 (Xinhua) At least 15 people have been killed and 25 injured when a bus rammed into the rear of a tanker, triggering a fire and an explosion in central China’s Hunan province, authorities said. The accident occurred at around 7.00 p.m. Monday at Chenzhou city on the north-south freeway connecting Beijing and Zhuhai cities, according to the traffic police.

The blaze engulfed three more vehicles, a police spokesperson said. Traffic on the Beijing-Zhuhai freeway was stopped temporarily because of the accident.

Vice Governor Liu Liwei led a group of officials to the site to investigate the cause of the accident, a spokesperson of the Communist Party of China for the Hunan Provincial Committee said. All the injured are being treated in a hospital.

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