New Female Driver’s Family Dies in Tragic Traffic Accident

A tragic traffic accident in Yiwu, China where a Lexus was crushed by a cargo truck.

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From NetEase:

New Female Driver Paralyzed in Traffic Accident While Practicing Driving, 3 Family Members Killed

Yesterday [January 11] night a little past 9pm, 21-year-old Young Qian was rolled out of the Yiwu Central Hospital’s operating room. She just underwent a 3-hour surgery, and may life the rest of her young life paralyzed.

That moment on the night of January 9th will cast a shadow on her entire life. At the time, she was driving her father’s Lexus, carrying her family home. But then something happened, and her father, mother, and younger brother all lost their lives in the accident.

Inside the flattened Lexus was a family of four

The accident happened near the intersection of Futian Street and Shangcheng Avenue in Yiwu.

Ms. Ni is the manager of a nearby fast food restaurant. She says at 8:30pm that day, the restaurant was prepare to close when suddenly she heard an extremely loud sound outside, all the lights in the restaurant went out, and the electrical pole outside caught fire.

“I thought there was a fire somewhere, and only after running out did I realize there had been a car accident.”

Mr. Jiang is a security guard at the nearby Zhejiang University Medical School-Affiliated No.4 Hospital. He saw a leaning heavy truck carrying sand with a Henan province license plate crash into the central flower bed in the middle of the street, with a crushed Lexus on its right side, and a fallen electricity pole over 10 meters long on the side.

“The small passenger car just happened to be wedged between the electricity pole and the truck.” More worrisome still was that the severely deformed car had four people trapped inside.

Rescue personnel immediately mobilized three mobile cranes as well as hydraulic equipment and other dismantling tools in their rescue. At 9:15 that night, the female driver was successfully rescued from the wreckage and taken to the hospital.

Because the deformation of the car was severe, the difficulty of rescuing the remaining three trapped people was very high. In the race against time, rescue personnel used the mobile cranes to lift the truck, lift the deformed automobile from the greenbelt planter, and then proceeded to tear apart the vehicle.

When rescued out of the wreckage, the three were covered in blood and by the time they arrived at the hospital, there were no more signs of life.

It had been Young Qian’s family in the car.

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Surviving daughter may be paralyzed. Person familiar with the incident says they had wanted to let her practice [driving]

Yiwu Central Hospital’s doctors did everything they could so that Young Qian could stand again. “The patient’s spinal cord was severed.” Orthopedic Dr. Chen says the hospital had invited experts in the province to come do everything they could for her during last night’s surgery.

Young Qian’s family was well-off and happy. They were from a urban village on Choucheng Street of Yiwu city. A little past 7pm last night, this Qianjiang Evening News found the village and several villagers were also sighing about the incident.

“They used to live in the village. A year ago, they bough a house in Niansanli, and began renting out their 5-storey home in the village.” Villagers say Mr. Qian’s family had a good reputation in the village, that his daughter was in her second year at some university in Huzhou, and his 18-year-old son was in his second year at a Yiwu high school.

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The villagers say Mr. Qian was in his early 40s, and that he and his wife operated a glove factory, “they’re currently keeping what happened a secret from the grandparents.”

“The daughter doesn’t usually drive, only occasionally driving when back home from college.” According to someone familiar with the family, the car belongs to Mr. Qian, who had purchased it in 2005 for 500-600k yuan [RMB, ~60-75k USD]. The night of the accident, they had just finished dinner and were on their way home to Niansanli. Feeling there weren’t many cars on the road, they had their daughter drive.

This Qianjiang Evening News reporter learned from the Yiwu Traffic Police Department that Young Qian had just gotten her driver’s license in August of last year. As they neared their Niansanli residence, she took the driver’s seat. “While taking testimony, she could say her parents’ names, but when asked about the accident, she wouldn’t speak. There may be a mental block.” It was also difficult for the traffic police officer to discuss the accident.

According to those familiar with the incident, the driver of the cargo truck is surnamed Ye, from Henan, is currently detained by Yiwu police, and the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

“The truck was overloaded, but there was no driving under the influence.” According to insiders, while traveling from the city towards Niansanli, the two vehicles in the accident first scraped against each other and then together lost control driving into the greenbelt that coincidentally had an electrical pole, with the truck and electrical pole crushing the car in between.

A tragic traffic accident in Yiwu, China where a Lexus was crushed by a cargo truck.

Comments from NetEase:

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火星土豆 [网易辽宁省葫芦岛市手机网友]:

How is she going to continue in this life?

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:113.200.*.*

You surviving truly is a kind of torment! Who will take care of you in the future? How are you supposed to face the pain of missing your loved ones in the future?

同一口锅 [网易新疆巴音郭楞州库尔勒市手机网友]:

This is why it’s said women drivers really shouldn’t casually go on public roads before they’ve practiced enough. One’s ability to adapt to changes is the most important. Whether or not the large cargo truck broke traffic laws, if it were a man driving the car, the result probably wouldn’t have been this bad.

陳魯尼 [网易英国手机网友]:

What a tragedy. New drivers often want to practice driving thinking remote areas [is safe], scarcely realizing that the less cars there are, the faster those cars are driving.

网易山西省手机网友 ip:183.203.*.*

Looks like we shouldn’t casually let novices practice driving. Too dangerous.

网易英国手机网友 ip:31.205.*.*

I also think the title chosen by the editor is problematic. It doesn’t matter if this female driver is a new driver, she had a driver’s license, so she was driving lawfully. And what more, so far, all we know is that was illegal was the truck being overloaded. In order to get eyeballs, the title the editor chose is seriously misleading, misleading readers to believe it because of the female driver’s so-called “practicing” [that caused the accident]. For choosing this kind of misleading headline about responsibility before the results of the investigation are out, the editor is shameless.

愚昧人生 [网易上海市手机网友]:

Sigh, what can be said? A tragedy…

竹露荷风 [网易湖北省武汉市手机网友]:

Can the engineering truck be blamed? Practicing even at night when visibility is bad? Rest in peace!

mishenghua201 [网易湖南省长沙市手机网友]:

Life is priceless, the parents’ are most responsible [for this]!

网易河北省石家庄市手机网友 ip:119.248.*.*

Bad luck.

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  • Luke the Duke

    Women drivers.

    • mr.wiener

      Dude!… really?

      • JayJay

        at least he didn’t say Asian women drivers…

      • Luke the Duke

        Yup, right there in the article’s title: ‘New Female Driver..’ ;)

    • Foreign Devil

      They have lower driving insurance for a reason. A joke is only funny if it has some truth in it.

    • David

      loser

  • Amused

    A good reminder to never get in an accident in China.
    No JAWS of life in China…
    No helicopter evac here…
    No uber skilled trauma team waiting for you…
    No law to speak of…
    R.I.P.

    • Surfeit

      No Jaws of life? WTF?! Is this a fact?! Somebody clarify!

      • sk8erry

        Of course there are, in every fire department,every single fire truck. Firefighters are responsible for rescuing when people get trapped in cars in China.

        • Surfeit

          Hello, Sherlock.

      • sk8erry

        There you go.

    • Dr Sun

      I don’t know where it it you live in China, but here in Kunming, all the ED physicians and Trauma Surgeons are ATLS certified, all the Ed Nurses are TNCC and ACLS . First responder response time is 3 minutes , on scene in 10, at Ed on average 20 minutes.ED door to OR for level 1 trauma around 5 minutes.
      Helicopters no (pity that), Jaws of life , yes every fire truck carries them. Law, well no we are the wild SW a long way from the Emperor, we do our own thing down here.

      • A Touch of Sin

        I live around Shanghai, two weeks ago while unsuccessfully trying to get a taxi l watched a bus pull out into traffic (as they usually do, expecting everyone to yield) and a construction truck slammed into it. About 45 minutes later (no taxis…) no police or emergency services had shown up. Some locals tried to access the truck driver (which of course could cause more damage) but couldn’t pry open the door. This photo was taken just after the accident.

  • Ken Morgan

    Its a catch 22 situation. New drivers need driving experience, otherwise they won’t get better, but they can’t get driving experience without going on the roads and experiencing it.

    Granted the 10,000 rule is flawed but more hours put into it then the more competent they will be. I surprised myself a few years ago when I went into a front wheel lock on a motorbike I instinctively let of the brake and gunned the gas. When 15 years ago I’d have fallen off.

    • 宋易

      Its not perfectly clear from the article, but it sounds like it was entirely the truck’s fault, and judging from what I know about truck drivers in China, it most definitely fucking was the truck drivers fault. But it was just a Lexus, not a Bentley, so the compensation will stay under 6 figures.

  • Stefan
    • Surfeit

      You must really enjoy being single and never getting laid.

      • Stefan

        Why u think so?

        • JayJay

          he’s saying you are a chauvinist… memes did make me laugh though…

          • Surfeit

            You don’t get to decide what I did or did not say, Va-JayJay.

          • JayJay

            apologies… implying… not saying…

          • Surfeit

            Aw maaaan, now I’m the jackass.

          • Surfeit

            Oh, for the record, I’m saying he’s single and never get’s any action… from human females.

          • Stefan

            But what does that have to do with my post above?

            For the record I had a Chinese girlfriend for 1.5 years but never had sex with or anything since she want to be virgin until marriage.

          • Dr Sun

            “For the record I had a Chinese girlfriend for 1.5 years but never had sex with or anything since she want to be virgin until marriage.”

            WOW !

          • Nathan

            子曰:其妾有屄魅者,名曰枕褲,故未能同房也。

          • Fernando

            LOL LOL “for the record….” LOL LOL

          • biggj

            Was it you who said you could not find a whore house in Beijing? And now this information?? Having a girl friend without getting laid is like a big bag of weed you carry pay for and carry it around but not allowed to smoke it……completely fucking useless…more trouble than anything.

          • Stefan

            Yeah…but me and my ex were really close and serious and were planning to marry after 3 years. She was a very traditional village girl, more so than your average Chinese girl. She didn’t even like to use tongue when kissing, only lips. But I still stuck to her because I really loved her.

          • biggj

            So where do the whore houses fit in to all this?

          • Stefan

            It it was before I had my girlfriend.

          • biggj

            Fair enough. So why did you guys break up?

          • Stefan

            It was me that broke up with her because my feelings slowly died off, she was actually quite ugly and she demanded a lot of things and it became exhausting to be with her. She wanted me tie her shoe laces all the time without asking me, she wanted me to keep an eye on her shoes so that I could be prepared…I felt I could do better.

          • Zappa Frank

            what!!!???………… unbelievable. I don’t know the details but seems you took a good decision.

          • Luke the Duke

            A real man would be happy to take care of his girlfriend.

          • Stefan

            I was happy to take care of her but she wanted me to be perfect, to not miss anything, sometimes I just didn’t notice and she would blame me for being inconsiderate.

          • Foreign Devil

            That sounds very familiar. . why are Chinese girls like that? When they date a foreigner they expect him to be perfectly aware of their every need and way of doing things.

          • Luke the Duke

            What makes you think your being a foreigner results in you being treated any differently?

            ‘Is it ’cause I’m black??’

          • Foreign Devil

            well fair enough. Maybe they treat every guy that way. .

          • biggj

            A real man would not be taken advantage of either.

          • Luke the Duke

            He is the one taking advantage of her, expecting her to be a good girlfriend while he is being an inattentive boyfriend.

          • biggj

            Hmmm… well maybe. I don’t know his whole story…but give someone an inch, they take a mile kind of thing. As long as the deeds on both ends are appreciated. Getting upset over not noticing something is kind of nuts….wait a minute….why the fuck are we talking stefans love life??Or lack there of. lol

          • Luke the Duke

            Give someone an inch?? That is what NAZIS said to justify political oppression!
            Love Nazi!!!

          • monster

            hahaha!
            i can not stop laughing!
            no wonder chinese always make jokes as: thanks to laowai, those ugly cunts are taken.

          • Zappa Frank

            that should makes you reflect since you are single and had some laowai boyfriends.

          • monster

            hahaha, i do not have any problems to get nice local guys, so i am not this type.
            oh, my bf can not wait to marry me.

          • Zappa Frank

            Sure after we all read your history and saw your pictures this is hard to believe, however I wish is true for you.

          • monster

            hahaha,put out your wife’s photo,i do not mind have a pk.

          • Zappa Frank

            What is the relation with my wife? You can laught as much as you want Eattot, but here we are not without memory, we remember of you boyfriends. Hope it was a lie before and a truth now…but I doubt

          • monster

            not lie, for me,i do not register easily.
            divorced women easy to lose market.
            i can have kid or hold wedding but i do not wanna register unless get enough dice, so simple@
            anyway i am very bad person.

          • Zappa Frank

            probably yes

          • monster

            why ur so nosy?
            u wanna try with me?

          • biggj

            He said he would love you long time.

          • Zappa Frank

            No don’t worry.

          • monster

            im not worried.
            not interested in laowai any more.
            most in china are losers,cheap as fk.

          • Zappa Frank

            Cultural difference, we don’t like to pay for women…While are you a “winner”?

          • monster

            HAHA! i do feel sorry for ur wife then .
            my bf just put several hundreds in my phone and booked plane ticket for me. i booked train ticket,he insissts that i should take plane.so i need to cancel my ticket.
            he is so afraid i will leave him after go home, haha!!!

          • biggj

            Your bf must be so lucky….I mean really desperate. lol

          • Zappa Frank

            On the opposite, I feel sorry for your boyfriend, don’t worry for my wife, she is not like you

          • biggj

            Dont date english teachers lol

          • vincent_t

            Ok sex, romance, manner , all checked….NOT. Why you dated her in the 1st place anyway? I figured 1st sigh love is out of question?

          • Stefan

            Because I never had any girlfriend and I was very desperate. So everything worked at that time. There was no love at first sight. In the beginning she was nice but as the relationship continued she became more demanding.

          • biggj

            Right on, your situation reminds me of a song. Meatloafs “I would do anything for love ( but I wont do that)” lol

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOikQWAL8qc

          • Zappa Frank

            I don’t think is something to be so proud of.

          • Free Man

            I think it’s not something to be ashamed about, either.

          • mr.wiener

            Oh Stefan….

          • Zappa Frank

            so you didn’t have sex with her…but you were going to whorehouses.. was it in the same time?

          • Stefan

            No, not the same time.

          • Foreign Devil

            You found a Christian Chinese? feel bad for you. Oh well she might have some higher morals than most.

          • Stefan

            No, she isn’t Christian. She’s ethnically Manchurian and grew up in a traditional village family near North Korea.

    • 宋易

      You’re starting to lose fans here if you ever had any, man.

    • Dr Sun

      that driving instructor reminds me of most of the posters on here. great post

    • mr.wiener

      Stefan that wasn’t even funny the first time.

  • Stefan
    • Foreign Devil

      while girls are usually safer drivers than guys. . I do remember a female friend in China who a week after getting her new car totalled it . . . in a parking garage!

  • Stefan
    • NeverMind

      Honestly, I was thinking about this exact video when I read this post but thought it would be really insensitive to mention it since people lost their lives.

      • Foreign Devil

        Your on the wrong board to worry about sensitivity. The video does makes sense. . people from CHina are not used to always using their turn signal.

  • hana

    Don’t come with women drivers. It’s just when it happens to a woman that they put it in the news.
    It’s a tragedy. i feel extremely sorry for her. In her case I would probably want to die.

  • Surfeit

    “This is why it’s said women drivers really shouldn’t casually go on public roads before they’ve practiced enough.”

    Holy crap! Next level miseducation!
    So much for a cultural revolution.

    • 宋易

      That whole comment is really impossibly dumb. Chinese women tend to drive much better than men in my experience…. much less reckless.

      Ever had a female cab driver? I always have good experiences with them. They never give you shit about going too far, never try to rip you off.

      Mao Zedong was wrong…. women hold up more like 90% of the sky.

      • Surfeit

        What percentage did he credit them with?

        • 宋易

          “Women hold up half the sky.” It was a slogan to get women working in the fields, and I think to help stamp out residual foot binding practices. Don’t quote me on that… except for the quote. I’m not certain about the historical context.

          • Dr Sun

            I think that quote comes from asterix the gaul.

      • FYIADragoon

        Every time I have a female cab driver I feel like its a good omen for the rest of my day. They are far better than the male drivers.

      • Zappa Frank

        that is true, I feel safer with a female cab driver, and not just in china. But we are talking about inexperienced people…and while I may don’t have statistics my perception tells me that inexperienced female drivers tend to do something that is considered impossible

  • Always try to Steer clear of the trucks (and buses) in China…the bigger vehicle will not yield even when you have the right of way…
    I have also had to duck to avoid debris flying off of these trucks (so many in bad disrepair). Based on what I’ve seen over the years – I expect this will be the truck driver’s fault, but that will not give much help to this poor girl.

    “Here lies the body of William Jay,
    who died because he failed to yield the right of way.
    He was right, dead right,
    but he is as just as dead as if he had been wrong”

    • Dr Sun

      of course you realise David, that the truck drivers insurance or employer will not cover this. He will most likely spend the rest of his life paying for her medical bills and care, while he and his family work 3 mingong jobs each 20 hours a day, 7 days a week and live under a bridge after the repossession of their apt.

      • James

        you say it like it’s actually adequate consolation for the girl

      • Teacher in China

        If it ends up that it was his fault, then he will deserve every bit of that.

      • Dr Sun, If this truck driver turns out to be the type that runs over people without remorse, then My sympathies are with this girl who lost her family and her health.
        Maybe this guy’s only regret will be that he didn’t kill them all (to minimize his exposure)???

      • Zappa Frank

        but the truck’s insurance shouldn’t cover it in case is the driver’s fault? isn’t the car insurance intended exactly for this kind of situations?

        • Dr Sun

          not in china , no

      • Probotector

        So, you side with the alleged perpetrator, but not with the victims who lost their lives/were injured. A ‘doctor’ with no respect for human life, I see.

    • sk8erry

      When you are driving in China, never drive behind or next to a truck. Either wait till they pass or speed up and pass them. I’ve seen so many brutal accidents involving trucks in China

  • MidniteOwl

    The comments are generally poor here. You guys are no better than the mainlanders you comment on. In fact half of you are assholes which if in public would not speak this way. If you’re going to come up with something like Asian women suck at driving… have an informed decision. Think a little… assholes.

  • guest

    Just an observation. With a one child policy… how does she have a younger brother? I know they recently changed the policy but that was only a year ago and I’m guessing her brother was much older than a year old.

    • Alex Dương

      Even before the recent changes, there were several exceptions to the one-child policy (e.g. ethnic minorities). Also, if non-minority couples had more than one child, they usually had to pay fines or suffer other financial / employment penalties.

      • James

        i thought if your first child is a girl you are allowed to try again

        • Dolph Grunt

          Depends where you live. That applies mostly to farmers.

          • Munkee

            That applies to rural rsidents, which they most certainly are, at least on their Hukou, considering they used to live in a 5 -storey house.

        • Kai

          Yes, in some places, typically the countryside.

          Edit: Oops, didn’t see Dolph’s comment below.

    • 宋易

      Its actually pretty common here in Guangdong, even among the Han. A lot of families simply pay the penalty. All in all, I’ve read the one child policy only applies to about 30% of Chinese. I have a feeling its higher than that (who knows where that stat came from…. I wonder if it even isolates couples of child bearing age?) but its probably much closer to 30% than 100%.

      Moreover, Chinese frequently refer to their cousins and occasionally friends as “brother” and “sister.” I’m not sure if this extends to journalists writing about other people.

      • Munkee

        I do not know for sure about Guangdong, but after living in a city very similar to Yiwu in Zhejiang, i can tell that most of the folks who had a daughter first then a second child did not pay the fine but just benefited of the exception granted to rural residents.
        You need to consider that, when the system was implemented in the early 80s, small cities used to have only a very limited area designated as “urban” (basically, the very core of the city) and most of the residents of the county would have a “rural” Hukou. Their family might have been farmers, but they then started small businesses close to the city or even in the countryside and got quite well-off. Now, those cities in Zhejiang or Guangdong have sprawled, but many keep the old map determining the urban and rural zones. Actually, the urban zone is now often quite shitty compared to the modern compounds that have been built on surrounding fields, but those nouveaux riches living there still have a rural Hukou, hence the right to have a second child if the first is a girl.

    • Repatriated

      If one of the parents was previously divorced (and had a child in that marriage), they are allowed to have another child if they remarry.

    • Foreign Devil

      Her family is wealthy . . rules don’t apply to the wealthy.

  • Dr Sun

    neither would I , just isn’t worth the risk or expense.

  • FYIADragoon

    A friend of mine once described Chinese driving as controlled chaos. Normally you never see an accident though it always looks like its close to one, but when you do see one some people are definitely going to die, there are no fender benders here. Always felt like automobiles were one of the worst things to introduce to the Chinese, they just aren’t very compatible with the whole concept.

    • Dannisi

      In the cities the only ‘crashes’ I see are fender benders. Almost no really serious accidents. I agree with the whole ‘no idea what they are doing’ though.

  • Teacher in China

    The countryside isn’t much better…. especially those single lane highways connecting smaller town and villages. When those are packed with cars, the amount of absolutely reckless and stupid passing that happens astounds me.

  • Dolph Grunt

    “This is why it’s said women drivers really shouldn’t casually go on public
    roads before they’ve practiced enough. One’s ability to adapt to changes
    is the most important. Whether or not the large cargo truck broke
    traffic laws, if it were a man driving the car, the result probably
    wouldn’t have been this bad.”

    So it was a woman driving the cargo truck?

    Dumbass

    • Munkee

      I was going to pick that comment too. The author is utterly retarded. Everybody drives like shit in China, showing no respect whatsoever for traffic regulations or human beings they share the road with, but I can’t help noticing that women drivers are less aggressive, hence less dangerous than male drivers.

  • Zen my Ass

    I had one-man accident back in the winter of 1996, a few months after I got my license. I lost control of the car while driving on a icy road and hit a tree. It was very late at night and I was the only one on the road.

    I’m sorry for what’s happened, sometimes it’s just bad timing.

  • Zappa Frank

    maybe with a hummer H1?

  • Foreign Devil

    The most dangerous thing about China is no doubt the traffic. No doubt none of the people in the car were wearing seatbelts. . except perhaps the surviving driver. Chinese don’t wear seatbelts as a rule. The comment about girls being worse drivers that one guy made is completely ignorant of statistics that show males are more likely to get in serious accidents (thus their higher insurance costs). The only kind of truck in China is the “overloaded truck”.

  • aasdfa

    What I don’t like is that no one uses seat belts, especially in the Taxis…it felt really weird and unsafe, not wearing a seatbelt….which was covered by a blanket…so you couldn’t even tug it out to buckle it…

  • Hui

    the real world