15 dead, 44 injured in horror highway pile-up

Large car pile-up on expressway in China kills at least 14 people

34 others have been injured and are being treated at hospital.

A police statement said a heavy truck lost control after a 17-km downhill section and crashed into a line of vehicles waiting outside a toll station on the Lanzhou-Haikou Expressway at 7:21 p.m. on Saturday.

The number of victims in a traffic accident in Northwest China has risen to 44 people.

In another road accident, police in northwestern China said a bus in the city of Hanzhong, Shaanxi province, lost control Saturday afternoon, swerving into traffic and killing at least two people.

The truck driver, who was slightly injured in the crash, is under police watch and is being investigated.

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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.

The truck driver is reportedly under investigation.

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

Last week, 13 people were killed after a fist fight between a woman passenger and a driver caused a bus to plunge from a bridge into the mighty Yangtze River in southwest China.

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