The driver of a gravel truck involved in a collision on the Suhua Highway today was drunk at the time of the accident, according to a police investigation.
According to the investigation so far, the 32-year-old driver of a gravel truck, named Shen, skidded into the mountainside wall before veering out of control into the oncoming traffic lane, and crashing through the guardrail at the 114.9 kilometer mark.
Another gravel truck traveling in the opposite direction driven by a 67-year-old man, named Chen, then crashed into Shen’s vehicle.
Both drivers suffered minor scratches and did not seek medical attention. However, police subjected the drivers to an alcohol breath test, and Shen was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.61mg/l.
Shen was arrested on suspicion of committing the crime of endangering the public.
Shen’s truck blocked the highway in both directions, causing a serious impediment to traffic flow. A crane was employed to assist in clearing the road, and one-way traffic was restored at around 1:00 pm.
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