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3 killed in city truck collision

ANOTHER three people were killed by a heavy construction truck in Shanghai yesterday afternoon.

Just last week the city's traffic police decided to crack down on speeding construction trucks.

A couple in their 50s and a taxi driver died in the Pudong New Area in yesterday's tragedy when a cement truck flipped and landed on the cab, crushing it.

The death toll from accidents involving heavy trucks in Shanghai reached 12 since November 17 with yesterday's three fatalities.

"I remind myself to be careful every time I see construction trucks," said a cyclist. "Sometimes I even stop to let them pass."

The accident happened about 4pm at the intersection of Zhouyuan and Xiupu roads in the Nanhui area.

The cement truck, belonging to Shanghai Construction Co Ltd, was driving east to west on Xiupu Road, while the taxi was traveling north to south on Zhouyuan Road, police said.

When the two vehicles met at the intersection, the truck turned sharply to avoid a collision and overturned onto the taxi.

The victims were killed instantly, witnesses said.

Cranes used

Rescuers had to use two cranes to lift the truck and tools to cut the sedan to pull out the victims.

Last night police were still making inquiries about the smash. Witnesses said the 15-ton truck was "driving too fast" while approaching the intersection.

The number of delivery trucks in the city has grown markedly as construction work balloons in preparation for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

On November 17, a 70-year-old woman was killed by a waste truck about 8:13am in Hongkou District. The driver, surnamed Cai, was later detained on a hit-and-run charge.

On the same morning, a 23-year-old woman riding a motorcycle was hit and killed by a cement truck in Changning District.

On November 20, a man riding a moped was killed after being hit by an earth-moving truck in Xuhui District.

On November 23, another man on a moped was hit and killed by an earth-moving truck in Minhang District.

Last week, five people, including a pedestrian, fell victim to construction trucks, prompting traffic police to launch the citywide campaign.

Police officers expressed worries over lax education for some truck drivers, who travel fast in order to finish more loads - and thus earn more pay.


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