Three killed after towed yacht smashes into shop in China

Driver arrested after boat uncoupled from his four-wheel drive, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 3:11pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 3:14pm

Three people were killed in northern China after a yacht towed behind a four-wheel drive vehicle came free and smashed into a small shop at the side of the road, according to a newspaper report.

The accident happened in Dalian in Liaoning province on Sunday, The Beijing News said. Eleven people were also injured.

The roadside kiosk was full of tourists when the yacht hit the building, according to the article.

The driver was arrested at the scene and is facing a charge of threatening public safety through dangerous behaviour.

It is also illegal to tow a boat on the road without a specific licence in China.

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The report did not say how the yacht came to be unattached from the four-wheel drive.

The driver, 39, comes from Xinmin in Liaoning.

He had rented the yacht and was taking it to a dock, the article said.

No details were given of the people killed and injured in the accident.