Vehicle pile-up in China leaves 17 people dead, 37 injured

In this Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work near vehicles collided on the Pingyang section of Beijing-Kunming expressway in north China's Shanxi Province. (Zhan Yan/Xinhua via AP)
In this Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work near vehicles collided on the Pingyang section of Beijing-Kunming expressway in north China's Shanxi Province. (Zhan Yan/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — Dozens of vehicles collided amid snowy weather in northern China, leaving 17 dead and 37 injured, state media reported Tuesday.

A total of 56 vehicles were involved in the accident on a major expressway in Shanxi province on Monday under cold, slick conditions, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. It cited local authorities as saying the injured were in stable condition.

A rescue operation was launched involving local police, firefighters, doctors and government officials.

Xinhua said an investigation into the cause of the accident is under way. Highway accidents are common in China because of high speeds, aggressive driving and a failure to leave adequate braking distance.

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