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27 vehicles pile up on snowy ring road

SNOW caused two pile-ups involving at least 27 vehicles on the Inner Ring Road in Yangpu District on Tuesday night, injuring several drivers.

The police yesterday said the unseasonal bad weather made rear-end collisions hard to avoid, but added that drivers should have kept safer distances between cars.

Meanwhile, the city had its coldest March morning in 22 years yesterday, dipping as low as minus 2.1 degree Celsius, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

The accidents happened around 8:45pm on the Inner Ring Road from Dabaishu to Siping Road and from Siping Road to Huangxing Road. Snow had accumulated and piled up aside the roadway.

Witnesses said one car suddenly changed lane and caused the truck behind it to suddenly brake, triggering a huge pileup.

About 18 cars banged into each other in the collision. Behind them was another pile-up of nine cars.

Some drivers said it was their first time driving on such a snowy road and felt it very difficult.

"It was like the brake failed to operate," a witness said.

Trucks, buses, sedans and minibuses were all tangled up on the elevated way.

The crashes smashed the barrier in the middle of the highway and fragments of cars were scattered on the road for hundreds of meters, witnesses said.

"Some broke the hood, some cars' trunks were dented and some even lost their wheels," a witness driver said.

The cold weather is expected to end today or tomorrow, with sunny weather arriving for three to four days, forecasters said yesterday.

The weather should be sunny to cloudy today with the temperature ranging from 1 to 14 degrees Celsius.


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