Henan province, China: A truck carrying fireworks along the G30 expressway in Henan province, China, exploded as it travelled along an elevated part of the highway.
An initial report on radio in China claimed that 26 people had been killed. This report was quickly removed. What is known is that it was a major explosion. Xinhua news agency said that eight people had been injured.
The explosion resulted in other vehicles being blasted from the highway, crashing down onto the ground below. Rescuers have found ten trucks under the bridge.
China's state media now reports at least five people were killed.
The Chinese New Year celebrations are a little over a week away. Traditionally fireworks will welcome in the Chinese New Year. Sadly China is no stranger to such 'accidents'. Explosions during the transport, making and storing of fireworks are often reported.
This latest incident however has damaged one of China's busiest and longest transport links. 'The G30 is the longest road in China, running for 4,400km (2,700 miles) from the coast of eastern Jiangsu province to Urumqi, close to the Kazakhstan border,' reports the BBC. The blast destroyed an 80m (262ft) section of road.
China's roads are known 'death traps'. Driving skills are often poor and the official statistics showed that, in 2011, more than 60,000 people were killed on roads in China.