Huge pile-up on Chinese highway kills four, injures 40

BEIJING: A 37-vehicle pile-up on an expressway in northern China killed four people and injured more than 40 on Monday, disrupting traffic in both directions, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.

Most of the vehicles involved in the accident in Shanxi province were large trucks, the report said, adding that the cause of the accident was being investigated.

Around 200,000 people die on Chinese roads each year, the World Health Organisation says.

In a bid to improve road safety, the government recently cracked down on the overloading of trucks.