Family of 12 killed in van-truck crash in China (Lead)

August 20th, 2012 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 20 (IANS) Twelve members of a family were killed Monday when their van collided head-on with a truck near the southwest Chinese metropolis of Chongqing.

The crash occurred at 12.30 p.m. on a road that links the city’s Hechuan and Beibei districts, and also left the truck driver critically injured, Xinhua reported.

Traffic police said the family was on its way home after a trip when the tragedy occurred.

Heavy rain that hit the city early Monday might have been one of the causes of the accident, police said.

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