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Car crash kills 3 in Shanghai

THREE people were killed in a vehicle collision and subsequent fire yesterday on a highway in Shanghai's Pudong New Area, police said.

One of the victims, a taxi driver, was hanging on to the hood of a black sedan to force it to stop after it scratched his taxi, witnesses said.

However, in stead of stopping, the sedan continued driving and crashed into another car, which then caught on fire. Two people, a woman and a man, in this car were burned to death.

The taxi driver's legs were broken and he was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived at the scene, witnesses said.

A man surnamed Huang, who was driving the sedan, was later taken into custody by police for investigation.

Huang, 47, was suspected of driving while intoxicated but police did not reveal the result of the alcohol test.

The accident happened around 3:50pm on Nanliu Highway and Luda Road, police said.

A black sedan, registered in Henan Province, first scratched the taxi and the two drivers became embroiled in a dispute, witnesses said.

The taxi driver later jumped on to the hood of the sedan to complain and try to prevent the driver from running away. However, Huang did not stop the vehicle.

"I told him to stop but he didn't listen," said Liu, a passenger in Huang's car. "I even tried to grab the key but he stopped me."

Huang's sedan then crashed into another car while the taxi driver was still on the hood, police said.

"I think the driver of the sedan went crazy," said a witness. "The taxi driver was dead on the sedan's windshield in the end."

The car hit by Huang caught fire within minutes and the man and woman were unable to escape and burned to death, witnesses said.

"The doors of the crashed car wouldn't open," another witness said.

Meanwhile, three people were injured in three other accidents earlier yesterday.

At around 7am, three cars were involved in an accident on the Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway. A green truck rear-ended a black sedan and then hit another car beside it, police said.


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