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Chinese truck drivers press home for the holidays after top of their cab sheared off in accident

Drivers did not want to stop after serious crash as they were in a hurry to see their loved ones, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 January, 2017, 12:04pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:53pm

Two men were fined in eastern China for driving a truck for more than 1,000km after the top of its cab was totally sheared off in an accident, according to a newspaper report.

The pair told police in Lu’an in Anhui province that they had collided with another truck, but did not want to stop as they were in a hurry to get home for the Lunar New Year holiday, the China Youth Daily reported.

Their vehicle did not have a windshield and the roof was ripped off. A door on the driver’s side with a side mirror was the only large structure that remained.

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The pair had to cover themselves in a quilt and wore motorcycle crash helmets as they drove in freezing temperatures.

The accident happened in the Guangxi region of southern China and they covered 1,000km in a day, but were still 500km from their home when they were caught.

They were stopped and questioned at a toll station and the men were fined 100 yuan (HK$113) each, the article said.

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A police officer was quoted as saying that if the men had applied the brakes in an emergency, their cargo could have rolled forward and crushed them.

Traffic was heavy during the holiday season and the truck also posed a threat to other road users, the police said.

Officers escorted the truck off the highway and sent it into a local repair shop.