Thirteen people killed in overloaded motorcycle crash


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Thirteen people were killed and seven others injured when an overloaded three-wheel motorcycle crashed off a bridge in south-east China, state media said today.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the vehicle was travelling along a rural road in Fujian province when it fell off a stone bridge.

A man who works for the Shouning county news office, who would give only his family name Zhong, said the vehicle was overloaded with passengers - a common occurrence in rural areas where villagers have no other way to travel.

No other details were known on the crash.

Serious road accidents are common in China where vehicles are not properly maintained and laws are often ignored.