Chinese Motorcyclist Narrowly Avoids Being Crushed Under Overturning Truck

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A motorcyclist in Linhai, Zhejiang province is lucky to be standing today after barely avoiding an overturning container truck last Tuesday. Check out this recently uploaded video in which the cyclist, waiting on Highway 104, finds the sudden need to sidestep a 19-ton vehicle skidding straight at him. The truck driver, fortunately as well, was not seriously injured.

And Now Hangzhou’s “Fog” Has Caused A Traffic Accident: 2 Dead, 8 Injured In 20-Car Pileup

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A 20-car rear-end chain collision yesterday morning on the Hang-Pu Highway between Hangzhou and Haining, Zhejiang province resulted in two dead and at least eight injured. The Jiaxing (prefecture-level city in Zhejiang) Fire Brigade said there was a "thick fog" at the time of the accident, and visibility was further hindered by smoke from burning stalks.

After Running Over Pedestrians And Continuing To Run Over Them, Driver Lets Passenger Take The Blame [Graphic]

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Holy-shit video time. Last Thursday in Zhengzhou, Henan province, surveillance cameras caught a driver running over a couple on the street — and then continue to run over them, and run over them, and run over them. (Viewer discretion is advised.) The good news first: the pedestrians who were run over will survive, though they... Read more »

That Didn’t Take Long: Already On Tape, Road Accident Caused By China’s New Yellow Light Rule

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In response to public outcry over a January 1 regulation stipulating that drivers must stop on yellow lights, traffic management authorities have promised to upgrade road signals, according to China Daily: “The pace of signal upgrading will quicken, the traffic management bureau under the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Thursday.” But it’s... Read more »

To Illustrate New Yellow-Light Regulation, TV Show Airs Traffic Accident Greatest Hits

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China recently increased the penalty for running yellow lights: offenders stand to lose fully half of their 12 “points” (if a driver loses all 12, he/she has to go through training and retake a driver’s exam) and must pay up to a 200 yuan fine. Some have interpreted the new regulation, which into effect yesterday,... Read more »

Driver In Shanghai Intentionally Runs Over Cabbie After Road Dispute

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A minor traffic scrape yesterday at 10:40 am in Shanghai led to vehicular homicide. Around the intersection of Keji and Yuanmen Road, after a van and a cab bumped into one another, the cabbie exited his car to confront the other driver. The guy in the van, who wanted none of it, stepped on the gas pedal. The van's front wheel ran over the cabbie, who was then dragged 10 meters under the carriage.

Yesterday Was National Day For Road Safety, So Here’s A Story About A Motorist Who Dragged A Cyclist For 3 Miles, Killing Him

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Lectures, exhibitions, and online discussions marked China's first national day for for road safety yesterday. ("The timing was based on the date Dec. 2 for its appearance as '122,' the telephone number for reporting road accidents in China," says Xinhua.) In particular, the focus was on not running red lights, which reports have said have "claimed 798 lives in the first 10 months of 2012." (Only 798?) But China could use help in almost every area in road safety, as this story via The Nanfang shows:

69-Car Accident On Shanghai-Kunming Highway Results In At Least 9 Dead

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Near Anshun, Guizhou province on Saturday morning, a traffic accident -- possibly a head-on collision -- resulted in massive fender-benders going both directions. On one side, 44 cars got tangled up; on the other, 25 cars. All told, 25 were injured and nine died. Traffic didn't return to normal until eight hours later. A 69-vehicle accident indeed seems insane, but in China, it feels like business as usual.

Cars Are Falling Out Of The Sky

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A man walking through the street almost had the misfortune of having a car fall on his head. Or look at it this way: he was lucky enough to have not been killed by a car falling on his head. See? So much better to see the glass as half full.

Another Insurance Scam Attempt In Taiwan Foiled By Dashboard Cam

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Here's a guy who, metaphorically, gets his hand caught in the cookie jar. We only wish his hand could've been chopped off (metaphorically, of course). In Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Saturday, a dude crouching on the road leapt up and rolled himself onto the hood of a vehicle he thought was going sufficiently slow enough to not kill him. We imagine this is the conversation that followed: "OWWWwww. Owwwwww. GAWD WILL I WALK AGAIN?!"

A Benign-Looking Accident Involving Bikes Proves Fatal

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In Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, surveillance cameras recently caught this perfect storm of an accident involving a motorized three-wheel wagon and a bicyclist. The man driving the three-wheel wagon swerves and loses control when the bicyclist cuts in front of his path. Neither saw the other coming due to another trike that was in the exact wrong spot in the intersection.

Illegal Taxi Driver In Shanghai Runs Over German, Breaking His Leg… THEN Nearly Kills Him

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The driver of an unlicensed taxi in Shanghai who ran over a German this summer had his day in court yesterday, getting sentenced to three years and three months in prison, according to Dongguang News. But first, to the recently released footage: Around 3 am on July 15, a German named Sasha and two friends got in an unlicensed taxi operated by Wang Mou.

Will No One Help This Drunk Man On The Side Of The Highway? (Answer: Seeing As How He Got Run Over, No)

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On Saturday night in Taichung, Taiwan, a drunk man surnamed Zhang wandered onto a busy road, sat down, and passed out. We've seen drunk people on the highways before, but not what happens next. After about four minutes -- a dozen or so cars had zipped by without stopping to help, with only a couple slowing down -- a vehicle ran him over. You can see all of this in the surveillance footage, above. The car that hit him ended up flipping onto its side, though the driver suffered only minor injuries.

Liquified Gas Tanker Explosion Leaves Death And Destruction In Its Wake

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We've seen plenty of truck explosions in our time, as recently as last Wednesday. When they involve tankers of the LPG variety, bad results usually ensue. Take note: the accident in August that killed 36 in Shanxi; an oil tanker crash in June that left a city in smoke; a fiery death at the rear of a liquid petroleum truck; and so on. All told, the lesson is pretty clear: tankers explode, and explosions kill.

New Video From Monday’s Bus Crash Outside Beijing Shows Helpless Bystanders Screaming In Front Of Fiery Vehicle

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We now know that the bus that crashed on the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangu Highway on Monday, killing five German passengers and one Chinese, was carrying a delegation of doctors and medical students from southern Bavaria. There were 19 German tourists plus their Chinese tour guide and driver. The accident occurred when the bus apparently rear-ended a large shipping truck. Once the bus caught fire, there was really nothing anyone could do except run from the flames.