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3 killed, 15 injured as 26 vehicles pile up in fog

HEAVY fog caused a 26-vehicle highway pile-up this morning at 7am, killing three people and injuring 15 others, four of them in critical condition, on the city's Donghai Bridge in the Hangzhou Bay.

Most of the vehicles involved in the chain collision were cargo vans and container trucks, witnesses said. All the three dead victims were on a vegetable delivery van.

Traffic police rushed to the scene immediately to ease the massive congestion on the 34-kilometer-long bridge that links downtown with Yangshan Deep-Water Port in the East China Sea.

Police blocked part of the bridge to deal with the accident. The 15 victims were sent to different hospitals both in the Nanhui Area and downtown. Four were reported in serious condition.

Thick fog began to descend on the city's coastal area from 10pm yesterday, grounding flights and voyages, the local port authorities said.

About 100 flights at Pudong and Hongqiao airports have been delayed or cancelled this morning and hundreds of ships in and around Shanghai stayed at anchor due to poor visibility, the authorities said.


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