On the same day that a bus collided with a tanker in Yan’an, Shaanxi province, killing at least 36, 12 people, including three children, were killed when a van on an expressway in Sichuan province rear-ended a heavy-duty truck that was parked for tire repair. Xinhua is calling yesterday one of the “bloodiest day[s] in years,” and, “In the meantime, lessons must be drawn from the accident so that such tragedies will not reoccur, said an official with the investigation team.”
Not to be snide, but unless those lessons include taking 15 million cars off the road and revoking about 30 million licenses — we can start with this woman — nothing is going to change.
More details on the Sichuan accident via Xinhua, plus Youku video of the above news report:
In another accident, a van carrying 12 people crashed into a heavy-duty truck Sunday afternoon on an expressway in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, leaving 10 people on the van dead at the scene and another two badly injured.
The two injured were sent to a nearby hospital and one died at 3:30 p.m.after rescue efforts failed. [Ed.'s note: The other died as well]
The truck was at roadside for tire repair when the van rear-ended with it, according to local work safety authorities.