Van Crash Outside Shanghai Starbucks Injures at Least 18
A van slammed into pedestrians on a sidewalk outside a Starbucks in Shanghai on Friday, injuring at least 18 people, the Chinese state news media reported.
The crash occurred just before 9 a.m. on Nanjing Road West, near People’s Park in the heart of the city, according to the state-run Central China Television. Eighteen people were taken to the hospital, including three who were seriously injured, it said.
A witness told a reporter from The Paper, a local news outlet, that the van was carrying fuel canisters. The fire was extinguished quickly, The Paper reported, and it did not appear that any of the canisters exploded.
Van ploughs into pedestrians causing chaos in Shanghai, China
A VAN has driven onto a crowded pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in a busy area of central Shanghai, leaving many injured.
Unconfirmed video clips circulating on Chinese social media showed several people sprawled on the pavement and receiving medical treatment from fire and rescue personnel at the scene, located at People’s Park in the heart of the city.
Other images that circulated on state-run social media platforms showed a fire burning inside the van, which had come to stop after apparently striking some fencing near the entrance to the Starbucks.
Videos on social media showed people lying unconscious on the pavement next to a Starbucks cafe and firefighters trying to extinguish a blaze inside the van.
AFP journalists who arrived at the scene in the wake of the accident found the area had been quickly cleared by authorities. A small police presence was standing watch and damage to the fencing could be seen.
The crash comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to speak in Shanghai.
Edited by Roadrunner2029, 02 February 2018 - 01:07 PM.