BEIJING – At least 17 people were killed in a motorway pile-up involving 56 vehicles in China, according to state media.

The crash happened yesterday on an icy road in North China’s province of Shanxi, the Xinhua reported.

An additional 37 people were injured when the vehicles collided during snowy and rainy weather on the Beijing-Kunming expressway.

Cranes were brought to the scene as rescuers tried to work through the wreckage.

State media has since reported that all the injured are in a stable condition.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 250,000 people die in traffic accidents every year across China, though official government statistics report a far lower number.