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Falling pole kills 3 passers-by, injures 1 in Qingpu

THREE people died and one was injured in Qingpu District yesterday when a mini van hit a drooping cable and pulled down a roadside pole, crushing the four pedestrians.

The mishap happened around 5:50pm when the van driving along Mingzhu Road caught the cable dangling across the road and dragged down the pole attached to the cable.

Police said the four male pedestrians were hit by the fallen pole. One died at the scene and two were declared dead at the hospital. Only one survivor suffered light injuries.

The survivor was a middle-aged police assistant in Xujing Town. He was on duty when the accident happened.

Police cordoned off the site and began to search for the escaped driver, who was caught at about 7:30pm in neighboring Songjiang District, Qingpu police said.

The accident also caused a blackout in a nearby building. The fallen pole was re-installed before midnight.

Police are still probing the cause of the accident.


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