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3 vendors hurt in scrap with watchdog

THREE vendors were injured yesterday when their truck tipped over after crashing with an urban management team vehicle.

Two of the vendors were sent to Zhongshan Hospital, one with leg fractures and the other with a broken hand and leg.

It was the latest clash between urban management officials and unlicensed street vendors, a tension that has been marked by fights, injuries, even deaths.

Liu Weiguang, a spokesman for the urban management bureau, said the law enforcement squad involved in the accident "had already paid a visit to the injured."

Traffic police are investigating the accident.

The incident started at about 8am, when a management squad team on patrol in Xuhui District found two trucks parked at the intersection of Jiachuan and Lingyun roads. Vendors were selling Chinese dates on the trucks, blocking the roadway, said the authority in a statement.

The trucks left after officials appeared. But they showed up again at the same crossroad at 8:24am, said officials who arrived and shooed the vehicles away. The vendors came back a third time at 8:45am.

Second collision

When three urban management officials arrived, the vendors tried to hit them with a scale but were stopped, the authority said.

This time officials drove their vehicles behind one truck. Yao Liping, the squad leader, said yesterday the team "was escorting the truck to drive away from the squad's controlled area."

Vehicles from the two sides collided near the intersection of Meilong Road and Tiandeng Road, leaving one of the urban management vehicle's windshield glass broken.

The vendor truck suddenly sped up and fled, said officials. As it rode side by side with a second management vehicle, a second collision occurred. The truck tipped over.

"They just crashed into us with no signal or a single word," said Wu Yanwu, the truck driver, who suffered slight cuts.

More than 500 kilograms of dates on the truck spilled onto the ground and affected traffic.

According to urban management bureau, one of the vendors hit the squad officials with fists and a belt after leaving the damaged truck.

Two officials had bruises.


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