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8 deaths to amend, but trucker can't pay

A TRUCK driver responsible for the city's deadliest traffic accident in three years, in which eight people were killed, could be assessed a total of 5 million yuan (US$732,500) in compensation, police said yesterday.

But police also cautioned that the driver, who is not wealthy, will be in no position to pay out the compensation for the dead and injured.

"Under such circumstances, the victims can only account on their own insurance," said a police spokesman.

A heavy truck driven by Chen Guoxing on November 9 broke through the center guardrail in a city expressway, hitting an oncoming van and leading to a rear-end collision with another three vehicles, according to the police.

The collision in Fengxian District killed all seven people in the van and injured another seven. One of those injured died the next day.

A police investigation released recently said Chen should be fully responsible for the accident because it was due to his negligence.

Chen told police he tried to correct the alignment of his truck, which had slipped to the right, but it swerved to the left and he lost control.

He said the truck was going 80 kilometers an hour and it was raining.

Police put the blame for the accident solely on Chen.

The four elderly people and a young couple in the van were on their way to Pudong International Airport for a package trip to Hunan Province. They hired the van driven by Bu Yaqi, 28.

Another fatality, Ding Qiwei, was found to have her head hit the roof of a sedan involved in the collision and died of skull fracture, according to police.


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