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Drunken driver kills three in pileup (2)

By Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

14:20, February 13, 2012


One of the cars wrecked in an accident in Shanghai on Saturday. Two passengers were trapped inside and burned to death on the scene. (Photo:Shanghai Morning Post/Chinadaily)

According to local media, Huang's passenger, surnamed Liu, and the man's child were also in the car at the time. Liu persuaded Huang to stop and tried to grab the key but failed.

"So far, Huang has been in criminal detention under suspicion of intentional killing. Police are still investigating the accident," an officer from Shanghai Nanhui traffic department said, but the officer declined to reveal more.

The country has continually tightened its crackdown on driving while intoxicated, and government figures have shown significant yearly declines.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the number of intoxicated drivers caught by the department from May 1 to Dec 30 last year was about 38,000, down by 45 percent compared to the same period in 2010.
During the weeklong Spring Festival holiday, a peak season for drinking, the country saw 1,795 traffic accidents, a year-on-year decline of 14.9 percent.

These accidents caused 547 deaths and 2,080 injuries, down 34.3 percent and 28 percent, respectively, from last year, according to the ministry.

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