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Man's fatal fall to road creates huge traffic jam

A drunken man fell to his death onto a Middle Ring Road underpass during the morning rush hour yesterday, causing three-hour long traffic congestion along the entire ring road, police said yesterday.

Cars traversing the Wuzhong Road underpass in Minhang District repeatedly hit the body of the victim, surnamed Guo, a migrant worker from out of town, police said.

Guo, 27, left a bar on Wuzhong Road after an overnight hangout and fell through a ventilation roof while trying to cross Hongxu Road, police said.

Traffic on the Middle Ring Road was seriously congested as three of the four lanes were cordoned by police.

The dead body was removed from the scene by noon, allowing traffic to resume, police said.

"The call center was informed of the incident at 6:19am, reporting the body," police stated yesterday afternoon.

The Minhang District police soon cordoned the scene for investigation, police said.

Traffic authorities advised drivers to avoid the area as the underpass was closed at 7:18am.

Police said Guo entered a pub on Wuzhong Road yesterday morning and left alone by 6am, according to surveillance camera footage.

So serious was the massive traffic jam on the Middle Ring Road that almost the whole ring was affected, locals said.

"The traffic on the Middle Ring Road was very bad and the cars on the road were moving very slowly," said a passenger surnamed Xu, who was stuck on the highway for more than 30 minutes.


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