February 7, 2023

Zhengzhou: More than 200 cars are involved in a huge backlog in China



CNN

One person was killed during a massive collision involving more than 200 cars in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Wednesday, according to state media.

The collision occurred on a bridge that was shrouded in heavy fog in the morning, causing several vehicles to crash, according to the state-owned newspaper Global Times.

Images from the scene show the long multi-lane bridge, stretching across fields and the Yellow River, strewn with vehicles crammed together. Cars, cargo vans, trucks and other vehicles can be seen in the rally.

In the videos shot from the ground, the air is still hazy. One clip shows a truck skidding forward, crashing into several smaller cars, as a siren sounds in the distance.

Many drivers and passengers were trapped in their cars, according to the Global Times. Emergency response workers and rescuers have been deployed to the scene, including personnel from the Traffic and Health Department.

An eyewitness told the Global Times that the backlog stretched for several kilometres, and that moisture on the bridge made the road particularly slippery.

State media reported that more than 200 cars were involved in the fog-induced collision.

In some areas, visibility that morning was only 200 meters (about 656 feet), according to Reuters, citing the local weather agency. Several hours after the collision, police issued a warning to cars not to cross the bridge due to fog.

“In winter, the temperature is low and there is often heavy fog,” the traffic police wrote on their official Weibo account, the Chinese version of Twitter. Remind drivers to slow down, use their lights, and leave dangerous areas as quickly as possible.

The bridge connects Zhengzhou with Xinxiang. Police closed the bridge during rescue operations, and traffic resumed later that afternoon.