At least 18 injured after minivan crash in Shanghai, authorities say

At least 18 injured after minivan crash in Shanghai, authorities say

At least 18 injured after minivan crash in Shanghai, authorities say

"The fire department carried gas tanks from the van, like those used in restaurants", Xu said.

The Chinese government does not suspect terrorism after a auto jumped a curb in Shanghai on Friday, injuring at least 18 people.

The cause is still under investigation, however Shanghai police believe the incident was an accident.

Chen, a worker at a Shanghai metal product company, was smoking and driving while carrying hazardous material "illegally", police said.

Two of those seriously injured had their conditions subsequently downgraded, police said. Some bystanders tried to break the windows of the van and drag out the passengers, including the driver.

In a statement, the Shanghai government said that a small fire broke out in the vehicle, but that it was extinguished by firefighters.


Other witnesses said there were gas cylinders in the vehicle. "I can't believe 18 people were injured - it's too many, it's just terrible".

The incident came ten minutes before Theresa May was due to address a packed business forum in the city. Later, the van was seen bursting into flames.

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"Because of his complete ignorance of safety rules, his action has amplified harm and risk to the public resulting in such casualties", Li said of the driver.

Police officers stood guard outside the emergency room at the Changzheng Hospital in central Shanghai, where a nurse said the injured were receiving treatment.

Shih reported from Beijing.

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