Vehicle pileup kills 6 in N China

Updated: 2011-08-18 18:21


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HOHHOT - At least six people were killed and another five injured in a 31-vehicle pileup on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region that occurred on Thursday morning, according to local traffic police.

Thirty-one cargo trucks rear-ended each other on a 2-km-long section of the expressway in Xinghe county. Most of the vehicles were semitrucks loaded with coal, according to local police.

The injured have been taken to a local hospital.

The accident led to 40 km of the expressway becoming congested. Traffic police are still clearing the site; traffic has yet to be resumed.

An investigation into the accident is under way.