A passenger coach erupted into flames earlier today on an expressway between Tianjin and Beijing, possibly the same stretch of road in which we saw a 31-vehicle pileup just a few days ago. Reports are that 5 German passengers and 1 Chinese have died, and another 14 were injured. Nothing else is known at this time.
AP points out that, “According to government statistics, poorly maintained roads and bad driving habits result in about 70,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries a year” in China.
The candles are out on Weibo.
Because “China is safe” as they say, loaded coaches just burst into flames every few days.
Combination of overloaded, under powered trucks who don’t understand “drive right, pass left” and speeding busses who also just drive left and use the horn for interference. Oh, and don’t bother looking before pulling out. Someone will move over.
I avoid that road at all costs.