Road Carnage in Guizhou
PHOTO BY CFP
At least eight people were killed and over 300 injured in a multi-vehicle explosion in Fuquan, Guizhou.
Around 11:30 AM, November 1 2011, two cargo trucks loaded with 72 tons of explosives suddenly blew up at an auto repair station near an interprovincial expressway linking Lanzhou, Gansu Province, with the southernmost island province of Hainan.
Witnesses told State media an “earthquake-like” blast completely demolished the repair station, shattered windows in nearby homes and destroyed parked cars. A nearby granary also collapsed. The local education authority also suspended classes pending a risk assessment of the structural integrity of local schools shaken in the explosion.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear, but witnesses claimed that one truck’s front tire was “smoldering” during repair. Critics of national health and safety regulations are already calling for an overhaul of China’s notoriously slapdash freight industry.
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