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China covers up Ferrari crash, blocks info on net

A mysterious high-speed Ferrari car crash has reportedly led the government to impose restrictions on the online search of both the incident and the car on Chinese websites and micro-blogging platforms. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Mar 21, 2012 23:12 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A mysterious high-speed Ferrari car crash has reportedly led the government to impose restrictions on the online search of both the incident and the car on Chinese websites and micro-blogging platforms.


Reports said the word ‘Ferrari’ was deleted from websites and no information was available on the crash either. The apparent hush-up by the government has triggered speculation that the deceased driver was the son of someone powerful in the government.

The incident occurred early on Sunday on ring road number four in Beijing. Two young women were in the car along with the deceased, said to be a young man; both women sustained serious injuries. They were moved to military hospitals and even their identities have been kept a secret.

The incident was surprisingly reported by state-controlled Global Times but it could not extract details about the victims. It later also ran a story about the attempts to delete all information about the accident.

“A black Ferrari, driven by a man from west to east along the North Fourth Ring Road access road, crashed into the wall on the southern side of Baofusi Bridge around 4:00am, then smashed into the guardrail on the roadside. According to pictures posted online, the Ferrari was ripped in half, with the engine in flames,” the Global Times reported.