Mercedes Carnage At Crossroads Nabs 20m Views In 6hrs

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This footage seen over 20 million times in just six hours shows a Mercedes-Benz driver ploughing through a bike lane and into a crossroads, killing three people and injuring over a dozen more.

In a harrowing clip from inside the wrecked car, a female passenger can be seen crying hysterically and screaming into her mobile phone: “He crashed into so many people!”

Dashcam video from Changzhou City, which is in East China’s Jiangsu Province, shows the black Mercedes-Benz SUV mowing down bicycle and scooter riders at 10:47am local time today (17th July).

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The driver Xu, who was only identified by his surname, then continued along Jinling Middle Road until he crashed into the junction between Laodong West Road, the police said.

The authorities said Xu, 35, slammed into stopped cars and pedestrians waiting at the lights, fatally injuring three people and injuring a further 13.

Footage of the aftermath shows debris and victims strewn across the busy thoroughfare junction, while the video from inside the crashed Mercedes-Benz appears to show Xu unconscious while his passenger calls almost incoherently for help on her phone.

Police are later seen escorting both Xu and his female passenger away from the scene on foot and in handcuffs.

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The images show Xu wearing sandals.

Local media has identified Xu as a mechanic working for a local garage.

He does not own the black Mercedes-Benz and was reportedly servicing it sometime before the crash.

Local authorities did not reveal whether Xu is suspected of drink-driver or drug use.

Investigations are ongoing.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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