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Watch: Over 200 vehicles crash in major pile-up in China’s Zhengzhou amid fog

Beijing: Due to heavy fog, more than 200 vehicles crashed in a major car pile-up on a bridge in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou in the central Chinese province of Henan on Wednesday. Chinese state media reported that at least one person died during the accidents.

The incident occurred on a two-way road bridge in the city of Zhengzhou at around 7:40 local time on Wednesday (23:40 on Tuesday GMT) because of extremely foggy conditions and low visibility. At least one person died, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) said.

The pile-up involved more than 200 vehicles, according to preliminary estimates from rescuers at the scene.

Aerial pictures showed passenger cars, vans and lorries – many of which had smashed into one another – piled up on one section of the highway in dense fog.

Other viral videos posted online showed the mangled remains of several vehicles that had crashed into others.

Many of the injured were trapped in their vehicles and the fire department sent 11 fire trucks and 66 fire rescue personnel to help, state media reported.

As per CNA report, road accidents are common in China due to a lack of strict safety controls. In September, 27 passengers died after a bus transporting them to COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Guizhou province flipped over on a motorway.

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