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7 dead, 1 injured in NW China pile-up


14:12, December 22, 2012

XI'AN, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Seven people died and another was injured in a vehicle pile-up on an expressway in northwest China's Shaanxi Province late Thursday, local authorities said Friday.

The accident occurred at 9:40 p.m. on a section of the expressway linking Shanghai and Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi, in Shangnan County. Thirteen trucks piled up, leaving six dead at the scene, according to the county's publicity department.

Two injured people were sent to a local hospital. One died there and another who is in critical condition is still receiving treatment in the hospital, said the department.

The accident resulted in the temporary closure of the section of the expressway from Shangnan County to neighboring Henan Province.

Traffic on the expressway is expected to resume late Friday night, said local transportation department.

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