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Unhelpful accident officials sacked

THREE senior government officials have been sacked for not offering sufficient help to two women involved in a fatal accident with their van.

The three, with two other junior officials, were on a business trip when their van collided with a moped at noon last Tuesday on State Expressway 104 in Luoyuan County, Fujian Province. One of the women on the moped was killed and the other injured, reported. cited witnesses who said the officials in the van, a safety committee vehicle, acted with indifference to the women while they waited for traffic police and medical workers. Some of them walked away from the scene of the accident.

The story was posted online and soon became a major topic of discussion for local people. The officials were accused of providing insufficient assistance for the casualties.

The county's Party committee and governments launched an inquiry into the accident and confirmed that the van involved was a government vehicle. The five people aboard were government officials of a task group working on the county's waterway clean-up project. Security videos showed the officials and their driver leaving the scene after traffic police and emergency workers arrived.

According to the traffic police, one of the casualties surnamed Ye, 35, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The other, surnamed Luo, 29, is now in a stable condition.

The van driver, surnamed Chen, has been detained as police said he should shoulder the major responsibility for the accident.


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