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Truck causes flood in downtown

A TRUCK caused flooding on Xiangyang Road yesterday morning when it broke a temporary water pipe after careering down a slope and onto the sidewalk, police said.

No one was injured, said officers, but a number of bicycles and mopeds parked on the sidewalk were mown down by the truck.

The accident happened around 10:30am when the speeding truck lost control at an exit and crushed the 30cm-diameter water pipe on the sidewalk.

This created a "fountain," and soon the road was 10 centimeters deep in water.

"I'm up to my ankles in water now," said a traffic coordinator at the scene.

Workers shut off the water supply at 10:45am. Traffic resumed at 11:50am after the truck was towed away.

A security guard from Huaihai Plaza, which is opposite the exit, told Shanghai Daily that this was not the first time an accident had occurred there.

On March 17, a truck parked on the slope of the exit crashed into a cement pillar after the driver failed to put on the handbrake.

"They ought to add another speed bump in the lower part of the slope and take other measures to prevent similar accidents," the guard said.

A spokesman for the Shanghai International Commerce Center, surnamed Qin, said the slope at the center's exit complied with the national construction standards and was safe.


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