Nine killed, including pregnant woman, as car ploughs into bus stop in southwest China
- Pile-up near Leshan follows fatal early morning incident
- Pedestrians helped bloodied casualties who littered roadside
Nine people, including a pregnant woman, were killed when a car crashed into a bus stop in a village in Sichuan province in southwest China on Tuesday morning, The Beijing News reported.
The crash – in Wangchang village, Jianong township, Leshan city – resulted in a series of collisions. The number of injured was put at two by local authorities.
It was unclear if the dead were pedestrians or motorists.
Video of the aftermath of the accident showed the wrecks of several cars on a verge close to the bus stop. People lay on the ground, covered in blood.
The driver of the car that hit the bus queue was reported by Thecover.cn to be a 40-year-old man. After the crash, he hit his head against the car’s steering wheel and then tried to slash himself with a knife, the report said.
“I heard a bang, and saw a car crashed into many people at the bus stop,” the report quoted a woman who works at a nearby petrol station as saying.
The video showed passers-by crowding to help the injured.
Authorities closed part of the road as emergency crews arrived. Police said an investigation was under way.