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Horrific Accident on Chinese Highway – At Least 6 Dead Including 5 Germans

A horrific bus accident on a busy Chinese highway near Tianjin took the lives of at least six people, including five German nationals, on the morning of October 1. According to citizens reporting on China’s social media, the bus collided with a large truck in front and the resulting fire quickly went out of control on a section of the Jingjintang Highway (Beijing to Tianjin). October 1 is the second day of a weeklong holiday in China that overloaded the nation’s highway system

As can be seen from photos tweeted by one of the first witnesses, scriptwriter Peng Jianfeng (@笑话大王彭彭), the front of the bus was badly damaged and fire enveloped the entire vehicle.  Peng tweeted, “First photo. Everyone please be safe. Do your best to avoid holidays when traveling. There are too many cars. My condolences. The people who escaped are a few foreign friends. My heart aches.” {{1}}[[1]]第一张图,大家一定要注意安全!尽量旅游避开节假日,车太多。哀悼。逃出的几个都是外国友人。心痛。[[1]] Peng followed, ”the fire was too fierce and impossible to save anyone,” and, “My driver speculated that there might be a gas leakage in the engine or there were inflammable items on the bus, causing the fire to go out of control.” 

Chinese media reported that at least six people died, including five Germans, and 14 injured in the accident. The bus is believed to be carrying German tourists. 

Tianjin police reportedly detained journalist Li Xianfeng (@李宾客) of Beijing Times, who rushed to the scene to cover the story, and tried to confiscate his mobile phone with photos of the accident scene. Li later tweeted that he was released and was able to carry out his reporting in Tianjin. 

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.