Truck slams into cars waiting at toll station in China; 15 killed

The accident happened in Lanzhou in northwestern China's Gansu Province

The accident happened in Lanzhou in northwestern China's Gansu Province

An out-of-control truck ploughed into a 31-car lineup in northwest China killing 15 people and injuring 44, authorities in the city of Lanzhou said Sunday.

More than 30 people were injured in the accident, in the city of Lanzhou.

Ten of the 44 injured people were seriously injured, according to local government sources, after a tower-crane truck lost control and crashed into a line of vehicles 50 metres away from the Lanzhou South Toll Station on the Lanzhou-Haikou Expressway at 7.21pm in Lanzhou.

However, according to China's Xinhua news, the lorry driver told authorities his brakes failed as he travelled down a hill towards the toll station.

Fatal road accidents are common in China where traffic regulations are often flouted or not enforced.

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Drivers flouting traffic laws were blamed for nearly 90% of accidents that caused deaths or injuries that year. Another five people were injured.

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As well as those killed, authorities said 44 people were hurt including 10 who suffered serious injuries.

Video from an on-board camera showed a woman attacking the driver after she missed her stop, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

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

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