Road accidents kill 1,010 people over China's National Day week

Updated:Fri, Oct 8, 2010 21:44 PM   By Bernd Chang

Road accidents kill 1,010 people over China's National Day week


BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Road accidents killed 1,010 people in China from Oct. 1 to 7, the National Day break, down by 25.5 percent from the same period last year, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Friday.

The number of people injured in road accidents during the week was 3,061, a drop of 45.2 percent year on year, said a statement released by the ministry.

A total of 2,653 road accidents were reported during the holiday, down by 41.2 percent, incurring an estimated 11.99 million yuan in direct economic losses, down 37.6 percent.

The statement said traffic was generally stable during, with no major or lasting traffic jams reported.

The MPS traffic management bureau dispatched seven work groups to the Beijing-Tibet Expressway over the break to inspect the traffic situation.

Prior to the holiday, a huge traffic jam that stretched for at least 120 kilometers paralyzed the expressway.

Local traffic police in municipalities and provinces, such as Beijing, Henan, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan and Yunnan, all strengthened management in traffic arteries and major tourist routes.


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