Truck crashes into queue – 17 dead

Truck crashes into queue – 17 dead

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A truck drove into a group of people waiting outside a crematorium in the Chinese village of Taoling. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

EA truck crashed into a queue of visitors on the street outside a cremation hall in southeast China, killing 17 people. Another 22 were injured, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. The accident happened shortly after midnight in Taoling Village, southeast of Nanchang City in Jiangxi Province.

Because of the heavy rush at the crematorium, relatives and friends waited outside and had set up offerings for the dead on the side of the road, local residents told the state agency. They would have wanted to be present at the cremation the next morning. The cause of the accident is being investigated, it said. Many of the dead were from Taoling Village.

It was not mentioned whether the cremation facility, like so many others in the current massive corona wave in China, was overloaded with the high number of Covid 19 victims. State media have been reporting long waiting times, traffic jams and queues in front of crematoria for weeks because the large number of bodies cannot be cremated quickly enough.

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