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Man, 19, tried in car crash that killed 5

A 19-YEAR-OLD driver who crashed into road barriers along an expressway, killing five workers and injuring three, stood trial at Chongming County People's Court yesterday for causing a traffic accident.

Prosecutors said the driver, Mao Handong, who received his driver's license about three months earlier, was driving on Chongqi Bridge with his father next to him on October 15.

He was picking up his sunglasses and rubbing his eyes when he lost control of the car and crashed into barriers on his left. Eight sanitation workers who were weeding along the green belt were knocked down. Five were killed. The driver and his father called police and waited for them to arrive.

Witnesses said they saw some reflective cones along the barriers to warn drivers.

Shanghai Gardening-Landscaping Construction Co Ltd, the company that employed the workers, has given 4.95 million yuan (US$ 800,910) in compensation to the victims. Mao's family, unable to pay the full amount, has given back 130,000 yuan to the company.

No verdict was rendered yesterday.

After the crash, maintenance along the city's expressways was temporarily halted to examine safety measures.


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