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This is the moment a suspected drink-driving woman crashes a Maserati into the back of a stopped BMW before the German motor bursts into a fireball and kills two occupants inside.
Maserati driver Tan, 23, who was identified by her surname, rear-ended the BMW saloon while escaping an earlier hit-and-run, according to police in the county-level city of Yongcheng in Central China’s Henan Province.
Tan was filmed by local residents after she collided with a number of parked cars late on 3rd July. The footage shows her reversing the luxury SUV and attempting to force her way through a side street.
Minutes later, however, a traffic camera at the junction of the city’s East Outer Ring Road and Yongxing Street captured the moment she ploughed straight into the back of the stopped BMW waiting at the lights.
The impact sends the saloon, which was carrying three people, moving through the crossroads, and the video shows it immediately catching fire.
Tan’s Maserati is written off during the crash as it comes to a stop near the side of the road, and at least one female passenger can be seen stumbling out of the front passenger seat, the video shows.
Witness footage shows a large crowd gathered around the crashed Maserati as the BMW burns uncontrollably in the distance.
The police said two of the three BMW occupants died in the fiery crash, while the third was seriously injured and is still being treated.
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The Yongcheng Public Security Bureau said in a statement on 4th July that Tan, as well as passengers Zhang and Liu, had been arrested on ‘offences against public safety’.
The trio were also injured during the accident, but they are not understood to be in any life-threatening condition.
The police said a toxicology report showed Tan’s blood alcohol level at 167.66mg/100ml – more than double China’s legal driving limit of 80mg/100ml.
It is still unclear whether Tan was the owner of the Maserati, or whether she had rented the vehicle.
Further investigations are still ongoing.
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