Guangzhou: At least 5 people were killed when a car hit pedestrians in China


Hong Kong

At least five people were killed and 13 injured when a car plowed into pedestrians at an intersection in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Wednesday night, state media reported.

Footage shared on social media and geotagged by CNN shows a black SUV crossing pedestrians in two separate crosswalks at a four-way intersection in a busy, upscale commercial district in the city of 19 million people.

Another video circulating online and cited by state media shows a driver throwing fistfuls of cash from his car after pulling over to the side of the road.

Local authorities said police had “investigated” the 22-year-old driver from Guangdong province and further investigations were underway.

The incident happened at 5.25 pm during rush hour when many scooters, cars and pedestrians were seen on the road.

According to local authorities, police and medical personnel were immediately dispatched, and they also confirmed the number of victims.

According to the state-run China News Service, a witness said the car drove past pedestrians at the intersection without stopping.

Although the incident was reported by Chinese state media, it was not a hot topic on the country’s heavily regulated social media platform Weibo on Thursday morning.


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