The pile-up was caused by icy roads and extremely dense fog, officials say
A major pileup involving more than 200 cars on a bridge in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou left one person dead on Wednesday, local officials said. Rescuers and state broadcaster CCTV said the incident was caused by extremely foggy weather conditions and icy roads.
Photos and video footage of the crash, circulating on social media, show dozens of cars and trucks piled up on the Zhengxin Huanghe Bridge, with some people appearing to be trapped inside their vehicles.
“It’s so scary. Lots of people here, I don’t think we can get off the bridge. one person could be heard saying in one of the video clips.
Meteorologists said visibility in a number of areas, including Zhenghzou, was below 500 meters – and in some places below 200 meters – on the morning of the incident. Extremely poor visibility associated with icy roads is believed to be the primary cause of the accident.
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The local fire department dispatched a total of 11 fire engines and 66 rescue workers to the scene, state media reported, noting that the bridge is still being cleared and has been closed to traffic until new order.
Zhengzhou police have so far confirmed they rescued 11 people trapped in their cars and reported that one person died in the incident. No official statement regarding casualties or injuries has yet been released.
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