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5 dead in head-on collision

FIVE people - three men and two women - were killed and another four were injured when a passenger van crashed into a cement-mixing truck in the city's suburban Songjiang District yesterday morning, said the district government.

The four injured, who were still in Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital's Songjiang branch last night, were in stable condition yesterday afternoon, following emergency medical treatment, the government said.

Officials said the van, an Iveco, and the cement-mixing truck collided head-on while they were driving in opposite directions. All the nine victims were traveling in the van.

One of the front tires of the Iveco suddenly blew out and the van lost control, the van driver, surnamed Feng, said in hospital.

Police said they were still investigating the collision.

The accident happened about 8:10am at the T-shaped road junction of Shenzhuan Highway and Sheyuan Road near the Sheshan Hill, officers said.

Witnesses said the van lost control at the intersection and veered over to the opposite lane. Both vehicles braked hard in an attempt to stop but still failed to avoid the collision.

The impact of the smash pushed both of the vehicles onto the greenery beside the highway.

The nine victims were trapped in the Iveco van after the collision as the vehicle was severely damaged, police said.

"It was a chaos," said a witness surnamed Zhou. "The left part of the front of the van was crushed and the man on the front passenger seat was killed immediately. Blood was everywhere."

The front of the Iveco could hardly be identified after the crash and the whole body of the van was twisted by the impact, Zhou said.

The victims were pulled out of the vehicle by the rescue team and rushed to the hospital, police said. Three of them died at scene and the other two were pronounced dead yesterday afternoon, despite surgery.

The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when the accident happened, officials confirmed, but did not reveal more details.

Police said the crashed Iveco van belonged to Shanghai Printronics Electronics Co Ltd in Songjiang and was used as a shuttle bus to pick up its employees every day from Zhongshan Park in Changning District.

The collision happened on its way to the company.

All the victims were the employees of the company and "they used to go to work on this van every day," a company manager surnamed Cao said.


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