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.
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.
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.
Were you on the road yesterday? Around rush hour, perhaps? If so, we offer our sincerest condolences. Also: HA HA! SUCKER! YOU WERE ON THE ROAD! According to the newscast above, it took nearly two hours to drive the 2.5 kilometers from Liangmaqiao to Dongzhimen starting at 5:30 pm. I’ve done the math for you:... Read more »
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!
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.
It's most definitely not the type of flying you want to do. Watch as a woman crossing the road stops in the middle -- maybe because she received a text or call, says the interviewed police officer -- and winds up going head over heels when a sedan plows right through her. (The sound effects are the newscast's.)
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.
Don’t do this. A few days ago on the Zhejiang-Shenhai Highway, a driver — making a run for the title of worst in the world — inexplicably braked on the highway after missing an exit, nearly causing a serious wreck. A freight truck lost control while trying to avoid a collision, screeching to a halt next... Read more »
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.
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.
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.
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...
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
A show on Guangxi Satellite recently showed footage of a man just a bit too cool to ride his motorbike like a normal human being. Apparently he was doing these stunts going at an excess of 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph).