15 killed in 31-vehicle pile-up on Chinese highway

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

At least 15 people were killed and another 44 were injured in an accident in Gansu province in Northwest China, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Thirteen bodies have been found and two were still missing, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The station is close to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu.

It's understood a tower-crane truck lost control before ploughing into as many as 31 cars waiting at the Lanzhou South Toll Station about 7.20pm local time.

The truck driver, who was only slightly injured in the crash, is under police guard and is being investigated.

Local police, in a statement released Sunday, faulted the truck driver, saying he lost control of his vehicle after continuously braking on a lengthy downslope leading to the toll gates.

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State broadcaster CCTV aired video from the scene showing heavy snow and many crippled and twisted vehicles.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

The accidents follow a dramatic October 28 highway crash in southwestern China that killed 15 people.

According to authorities 58,000 people were killed in accidents across the country in 2015 alone.

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