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Drunken driver kills three in pileup

By Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

08:47, February 13, 2012

The relative of a victim who died in a multi-car pileup in Shanghai on Saturday weeps in grief at the site of the accident upon learning of the death of her family member, a woman who was trapped inside a car and burned to death. (China Daily / Yun Qing)

SHANGHAI - A taxi driver was killed and two other people were burned alive in a pileup caused by an intoxicated driver on Saturday afternoon in suburban Shanghai.
The accident happened around 3:50 pm at the juncture of Nanliu Road and Luda Road.

Earlier, the driver surnamed Huang, who was driving a black car registered in Henan province, had a minor accident with a taxi and fled.

The taxi driver caught up with the car and a fight ensued. Then, the taxi driver jumped on to the hood of the Huang's car to prevent his escape. Instead of stopping, Huang accelerated and crashed into two cars, according to the accounts given by witnesses.

One of the cars struck by Huang's caught fire, and two people, a woman and a man, in the car were trapped inside, where they burned to death, witnesses said.

The taxi driver, who broke his legs and sustained other severe injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Huang, 47, is from Jiangsu province. Alcohol tests showed 212 milligrams of alcohol in his system per 100 milliliters of blood - nearly three times the legal limit, according to police.

Under Chinese law, a person is considered intoxicated if tests show a concentration of at least 80 milligrams alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

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