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17 killed, scores injured in 56-vehicle collision on icy highway in China

At least 17 people have been killed and 37 injured after more than 50 vehicles collided on an ice-covered highway in northern China on Monday.

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A total of 56 cars and trucks were involved in the massive pile-up after snowfall led to poor visibility and treacherous icy conditions on the Jingkun highway near Yangquan in Shanxi province, China National Radio reported.

Many of the vehicles were badly damaged, with some overturned.

Pictures of the accident scene, posted online, showed the tangled wreckage of many trucks and cars. Goods being transport by trucks involved in the pile-up were left scattered across the highway.

The accident occurred at about 9am and rescue efforts finally ended 12 hours later.

The injured are now all in stable condition, and police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident, the authorities said.

The road remains blocked in both directions while the wreckage is being cleared, the authorities said.