Death toll from road accident in Qinghai rises to 55
The death toll from a severe road accident that happened Monday in
northwest China's Qinghai Province rose to 55, local sources told
Xinhua Thursday noon.
occurred at about noon when a truck turned over near the Kuola Mountain,
about 10 kilometers from Longbao township, Yushu Tibet Autonomous
Prefecture of the province. Fifty people died on the spot and four
died on the way to hospital. Twenty-nine passengers were seriously
injured that day, said the sources.
The one newly confirmed dead, who was from Ganzi County, southwest
China's Sichuan Province, passed away 11:30 Wednesday night from failed
medical rescue efforts.
According to the People's Hospital of Yushu prefecture, 4 injured
people from the road accident are still in danger, and of them, three
have serious brain trauma, and one suffers high paraplegia from fracture-dislocation
of cervical spine.
a related report, police arrested Tuesday the truck driver involved
in the accident. The 26-year-old Tibetan from Sichuan was arrested
on charges of improper operation of the vehicle.
Preliminary investigation shows that the truck was overloaded and
the drive license was expired. The driver also violated the rule that
trucks are not allowed to carry passengers.
The truck was carrying 104 passengers who were returning from a pilgrimage
in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.