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Speeding Car Crashes into Crowd
    2006-02-27 04:31:38
Four people were killed and 22 injured when a speeding car plowed into a crowd waiting at a bus stop and careened onto a sidewalk along a busy downtown square in southwest city of Kunming on Saturday.

Late yesterday, 17 of the injured were listed in serious condition with fractures and head wounds, with at least three victims being treated in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, investigators were trying to figure out what went wrong.

The driver, who was in a coma last night, had not been drinking, according to newspapers in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, citing police reports. Officers also said they discovered no mechanical problems with the man's car.

Police said the 40-something driver and a woman passenger will remain in custody.

Witnesses said the unidentified driver made a sudden turn at an intersection before speeding onto Dongfeng Road at Dongfeng Square in central Kunming shortly before 8pm.

The vehicle was traveling at least 150 kilometers an hour, according to media reports.

The sedan ran through a red light and knocked down two women before accelerating and slamming into a crowd standing at a bus stop. The car knocked down a stop sign and guard rails and ran across a sidewalk, leaving a trail of blood, shoes and other personal belongings.

The car knocked down two other victims before coming to rest against a stone sculpture.

"They were knocked into air like leaves falling off trees in autumn, and many dropped several meters away," an unidentified witness said.

He Jianguo, who suffered serious injuries to his head and upper body, was walking on the sidewalk near the square when something fell on his head.

"I was knocked out before I knew what happened," he said.

He recovered about a minute later and found a man on top of him.

China's Vice Minister of Communications Xu Yahua said in Beijing yesterday that the country ranks No. 1 in the world in the number and death toll from road accidents.

Last year, 98,738 people were killed in 450,000 road accidents and another 470,000 suffered injuries.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)


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