WATCH: Truck Driver Crashes into Shenzhen Overpass While Looking at Phone

By That's Shenzhen, July 1, 2019

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In the early hours of Sunday, June 30 at about 5.43am, a yellow dump truck traveling east along Shenzhen Beihuan Dadao hit the Banyin overpass, a bridge which is currently under construction (and now expecting further delays). The right-front end of the truck struck the sloping edge of the overpass, ultimately causing the bridge to collapse. 

The bridge reportedly fell onto the dump truck along with a large blue truck trailing behind, but luckily, no one was injured at the scene. The incident subsequently resulted in major traffic congestion on the road for commuters heading eastbound for much of the morning. 

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Image via Shenzhen Traffic Police/Weibo

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Image via Shenzhen Traffic Police/Weibo

The driver was apparently looking at his phone at the time of the incident, and said his “whole body [was] shaking” in the aftermath of the accident. The Shenzhen traffic police report corroborated this statement, saying that the dump truck failed to drive safely according to the traffic laws, and that the driver had taken full responsibility for the accident. One netizen pointed out one alarming fact, commenting, “Sure, the dump truck is responsible, but the bridge can easily be collapsed by a dump truck?”

Watch below to see the incident unfold (VPN off): 

In 2016, the World Health Organization estimated that approximately 260,000 people die in China each year as a result of road accidents. With highly addictive apps like WeChat and Douyin dominating the attention of the masses in the PRC, drivers are even more inclined to be distracted.

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