At least 15 dead in NW China expressway toll gate pile-up
Updated 06:54, 07-Nov-2018
A total of 15 people were confirmed dead as of 5:00 a.m. on Sunday after a 31-vehicle pile-up at an expressway toll station in northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday evening, according to local authorities.
Another 44 people were injured, 10 of whom are in critical condition.
According to a preliminary investigation, brake failure, due to over usage, was behind the tragic.
A police statement also said the 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 toll station is a gateway to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province.
The truck was around 50 meters from the toll when the incident happened.
The driver, who sustained minor injuries is now in police custody.
The heavy truck reportedly belongs to a logistics company in northeast China's Liaoning Province.