Blame Coal for Eleven Day China Traffic Jam
So what's to blame for the 60-mile traffic jam in China that is now entering its 11th day?
According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, the root of the problem might the booming trade in illegal coal being mined in Northern China.
Traffic has been at a standstill for more than 11 days now on China's G110 national highway with drivers resorting to bathing in the streets. Many of the trucks caught in the snarl are hauling coal from the province of Inner Mongolia where there is a boom in small unregulated mines.
Drivers are taking the G110 because it avoids coal check points that are stationed on other routes.
Couple the coal boom with roadwork on the G110 and you get a traffic jam that makes the LA Freeway look like a smooth-running operation.
This is the second massive jam on the highway. In June there was a traffic jam on the G110 that lasted more than a month.
Here's a brief report on that:
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