At least 17 people have been killed, and a further 37 injured, following a large pile-up crash on a motorway in China.
A huge pile-up on a Chinese motorway killed at least 17 people when a total of 56 vehicles crashed into each other in winter weather, state media said.
The accident happened in snow and rainy weather in the northern province of Shanxi, on an expressway linking Beijing with Kunming, Xinhua reported.
Pictures of the scene showed lorries scattered haphazardly across the road, some of them overturned, and burnt-out wrecks of cars after the crash on Monday.
Another 37 injured people were stable after treatment, Xinhua said.
Traffic accidents are common in China, with the World Health Organisation estimating that more than 260,000 people were killed on the country’s roads in 2013.