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China motorway toll crash: At least 15 dead in Lanzhou

Chinese police officers and rescuers work at the site of where a truck ploughed into cars at a toll booth in Lanzhou, Gansu province, 4 November 2018.Image copyright AFP
Image caption The serious accident was a result of faulty brakes, according to the lorry driver

More than a dozen people have been killed after a lorry lost control at a toll station in north-west China.

Dozens more were injured when the vehicle collided with a line of waiting cars in Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu, on Saturday.

The cause of the 31 vehicle pile-up is under investigation.

However, according to China’s Xinhua news, the lorry driver told authorities his brakes failed as he travelled down a hill towards the toll station.

Xinhua puts the death toll at 15, with another 44 people injured.

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Image caption An aerial view shows the scale of the pile-up

The crash comes less than a week after 13 people were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge and into a river in Chongqing , south-western China.

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Media captionFootage shows the fight breaking out before the bus plunge

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