Monday, 17 February 2020

Seven dead in China as car drives onto sidewalk

Xinhua

BEIJING: A car drove onto a sidewalk in southwest China on Tuesday, killing seven people and injuring another four, police said, days after another driver deliberately rammed into schoolchildren in the country´s northeast.

The driver has been detained and the cause of the incident in Leshan, a city in Sichuan province, is under investigation, police said in a statement.

The injured have been taken to hospital for treatment, the statement said.

According to official news agency Xinhua, the vehicle rushed onto the sidewalk and hit a bus stop in the morning.

The crash came just five days after a driver hit a group of schoolchildren crossing the street in Huludao, a city in northeast Liaoning province.

Five children were killed and another 19 were injured after the driver “chose his victims at random”, according to Xinhua, which cited police.

The driver, a 29-year-old unemployed Liaoning resident, was contemplating suicide “due to quarrels” with his spouse before he drove his car into the children, Xinhua reported.

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