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Truck Crashes Into Row Of Houses, Kills 5 (Video)

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Five people were killed on Jan. 17 when a truck sped into a row of houses in Haiyuan County, China (video below).

Footage of the truck decimating at least three homes was caught on a surveillance camera, notes RT.com.

The truck is believed to have had brake problems.

The truck driver was killed, as were four other people.

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An unidentified witness or witnesses filmed the wreckage and first responders; one victim is seen being taken away on a stretcher.

In more Chinese news, some poor people are resorting to desperate means to stay warm during the winter.

Shen, a villager in Qian'an, waits for coal trucks to accidentally spill pieces of coal so that she can heat her home.

"If I don't come out here, I stay cold," Shen told The Associated Press, after recovering some wayward coal from an overloaded truck.

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According to Shen, she burns more than two tons of coal (worth more than $260) in one winter.

Low-income residents burn untreated coal even though the Chinese government is trying to ban this effort. The government is trying to get citizens to use electrical heating or cleaner coal because of the smog problem that plagues parts of the country.

While coal power plants and manufacturing centers reportedly contribute to the choking pollution in the cities, families in rural areas power pollution during the freezing winters. The smog is so bad that airports and highways have been known to shut down.

Pictures of smog in Beijing have made it to social media sites, fueling anger among residents.

Poor people in Beijing receive government subsidies to switch to electrical power or use cleaner coal. However, that money is not available for people in rural areas such as Qian'an, where some low income residents burn coal in underground hearths.

"We ordinary people are comparatively poor," Yao Junhua, a 61-year old farmer, told the news service. "We want to buy a few pieces of good coal, save some money. We don't want to spend money on coal we can't light."

As the Chinese government tries to stop the sale of coal for private use, a black market has sprung up among the poor who don't think they are contributing much to China's smog problem.

"Look at our chimney," Yao adds. "That little bit of smoke is called pollution? Look at the steel mill. How much coal does it burn a day? The 400 households in our little village, how much coal do we burn?"

Truck smashes into houses:

Aftermath:

Sources: RT.com, AP via Star Tribune / Photo credit: Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons

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