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Multiple pileups on highway kill at least 5, injure over two dozens

13:57 December 14, 2019

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- Two massive pileups occurred within moments on a highway in the country's southeast early Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring more than two dozen others, officials said.

The first crash occurred at about 4:40 a.m., when some 10 vehicles, including cargo trucks, collided on a highway en route to Youngcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, 301 kilometers south of Seoul.

Flames envelop vehicles after a pileup occurred on a highway in North Gyeongsang Province, 301 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by a witness on Dec. 14, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Four people died and eight others were wounded, according to the police.

Firefighters put out the flames in several vehicles in about two hours, they said.

Another collision happened around the same time, on the opposite lane of the same highway involving about 20 vehicles, the authorities said.

One person was killed and 17 others were wounded.

The police and firefighters pointed to black ice as the most likely cause of the crashes. The officials are investigating the scene to find out more details, they said.

Authorities examine the scene after multiple pileups occurred on a highway in North Gyeongsang Province, 301 kilometers south of Seoul, on Dec. 14, 2019. (Yonhap)

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