A lorry carrying fireworks before the Chinese New Year celebrations exploded on a highway bridge today, killing at least 26 people as it sent vehicles plummeting to the ground.
The blast destroyed a section of the bridge outside the city of Sanmenxia.
Emergency crews closed the highway at the accident site, said China National Radio, which reported the death toll.
Photos posted on the news site Sina.com by Chinese citizens showed a stretch of elevated highway gone, with a truck perched precariously at the broken edge.
Other photos showed wrecked vehicles below and blackened chunks of scattered debris.