Here Are Clips Of Traffic Jams Set To Appropriately Foreboding Music

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This is the music they play in movies when a hero is about to die. It's dramatic, it builds upon its own tension, it tells a story of sorrow, sacrifice, and honor, or fulfillment, or redemption. (In fact, I'm pretty sure it comes from a movie, but I couldn't tell you which one.) And it's incredibly overwrought, never quite right for our world but fine for an alternate reality made in a studio.

Fiery Bus Crash Outside Beijing Kills 5 Germans, 1 Chinese

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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.

Traffic Hell Week Yields 31-Vehicle Pileup On Tianjin-Beijing Highway

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Let it be known: fog is dangerous. Yesterday morning, due to "low visibility" on the Tianjin-Beijing Highway, 31 vehicles collided one after another. Three died and many more were injured. The traffic cop in the linked video warns drivers that 150 meters should be maintained between your car and the one ahead of you. How he kept a straight face, we have no idea. Traffic laws are expected to be obeyed in this country? Huh.

Let Us Praise These Men Who Help Out A Fallen Fellow Scooterist

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Recently in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, a traffic accident has led some people to praise two men for being Good Samaritans, but... pardon me for not completely seeing it. In the video, it looks like the female scooterist knocks herself out when she rams her head into the side of an encroaching vehicle. The man next to her then scoops her off the ground (what happened to stabilizing the neck?), and we're told that he -- along with someone else who stops to help -- hails a taxi to send her to the hospital. Whatever happened to ambulances? Oh well. Thought that counts!

Scary: Scooter Carrying Three People Wipes Out Directly In Front Of A Moving Bus

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Another day, another lesson for the road. When you're in a parked car, please turn your head to look behind you before opening your door. On many occasions have I envisioned myself flipping over the handlebar because I suspect the passenger of the parked car I'm about to pass will step out at just the wrong second. Thankfully I've yet to take a tumble, but last week in Wuhan, a family of three on a scooter weren't so lucky.

Seat Belt PSA: Watch What Happens To Passengers Inside A Bus That Flips Over

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A show on CCTV-13 recently aired a segment from the Zhejiang Traffic Bureau that was essentially a morbid seat belt PSA. We've seen these type of public service announcements before -- there was this GIF from the Shanghai Highway Patrol in July warning people to take care of their tires -- and like always, questions of their efficacy take a backseat to the shocking footage itself.

Now We Know Full Well The Dangers Of Rear-Ending A Car

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There really isn't any info about this video except the timestamp in the dashboard cam (September 1, around noon), and the car that flips over appears to be a Honda. The 56.com video (embedded after the jump, and in higher quality than the YouTube embed) delights in that fact. "Tailgating Japanese car causes rollover accident," reads the title. If that was a Chinese-manufactured car, say a BYD, it totally wouldn't have flipped, or exploded.

An Insurance Scam Fail For The Ages

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If you're aiming to fake an injury by jumping in front of a car, make sure the target vehicle doesn't employ a dashboard cam. In Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Friday, a pedestrian flung himself -- in slow motion -- onto the hood of a car, then rolled off and laid on the ground waiting for someone to hand him a bag of gold. The car owner stood over him and, unamused, said, "Don't you know I'm a cop?" We don't know whether he actually was one or not, but the driver then appears to point at his dashboard camera, which has recorded all this for posterity and the Internet. Ah, the Internet. Thank goodness for it. And this. And dashboard cams.

Benz Hits Car, Causing It to Hit More Cars, Causing A Shop To Burn Down

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In the early hours of Wednesday, a Mercedes Benz -- going quite fast, if I may say -- bumped the back of a sedan in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, causing both drivers to lose control. The two vehicles were suddenly in a race to see who would crash first. (Answer: tie?) They nicked three other cars before slamming to a stop, causing a shop's hot water heater to catch on fire. Four firefighting units on 12 fire trucks arrived at the scene, but because five cars successively burned, nearly everything in the store's first floor was turned to ash. There were differing levels of damage on the second and third floors as well.

Backing Van Nearly Kills Small Child, Driver Then Flees

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In Taiyuan, Shanxi province on August 18, a 6-year-old boy called Wen Wen was playing in the parking lot outside his family’s fast-food restaurant when he was hit from behind by a minivan. But not hit, per se -- the van passed over him as he fell forward onto his knees and elbows and curled up into just the right size to avoid death. The vehicle continued to reverse...

Bicyclist Runs Stop Light, Bicyclist Goes Down Hard

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In Ningbo recently, a man on a bike sped through a red light and paid the price. Despite how bad this looks -- flipping onto the top of the car, then landing on the side of his head -- he's not only not dead, but not too seriously injured. The police officer at the end says to those watching at home: "Stop on red, go on green. Don't play around with your life."

Watch What Happens When A Cement Truck’s Brakes Suddenly Fail At A Busy Intersection

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This just had to happen during rush hour, didn't it? Recently in Shijian Town, Nan'an City, Fujian province, a cement truck's brakes failed just as it was approaching a red light. It plowed through eight vehicles -- three sedans, four motorbikes, and one wagon carrying seven people -- before coming to a stop. Very fortunately, everyone involved only sustained minor injures.

Driver Bowls Over Five Girls Standing In Middle Of Road, Then Flees [Graphic]

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We have no idea why the girls were standing in the middle of the lane, or how the driver of the white Audi didn't see them, or why the black sedan next to the Audi was going so fast. We'll just tell you all we do know: that this happened on Saturday in Haining, Zhejiang province, that one of the girls died, and that the male driver tried to flee. (It's unclear whether he got back in his car and drove away, because we don't see that in the video.) He has since turned himself in to police.

There Was A Second Road Accident Yesterday That Killed 12

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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."

This Woman Is The Luckiest And Worst Driver Alive [UPDATE]

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In the early hours yesterday in Nanjing, a fashionable sexy lady by the name of Ms. Xu, shown in the video wearing only black booty shorts, a tiny black top, and what must be five-inch-heels, was seen crawling out of the window of her car after she hit a railing and her vehicle flipped on its side. Xu says she was trying to avoid a taxi that was merging into her lane when she swerved. The accident is still being investigated, but police are already considering the length of her heels as a cause.

Dashboard Cam: Police Chase Down Motorcyclists Weaving Through Traffic

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Last Thursday, police in Foshan, Guangdong province were tracking two men on a motorcycle near a tourist area when one of them suddenly tried snatching a woman's purse. Realizing a cop was on its tail, the motorcyclist tried to get away through heavy traffic. One of them even threw a helmet at the car. The chase didn't go well for the thieves, who were eventually subdued and arrested. Police found car-stealing equipment on their bike, according to the Youku video description.