Shanghai police dismiss suspicions of deliberate attack after van slams into pedestrians

18 people were injured when a minivan caught fire and plowed into pedestrians in Shanghai. Police are refuting suspicions of a deliberate attack, and say the accident was the result of the vehicle catching fire. The driver, only known as Chen, had been smoking a cigarette while illegally transporting highly flammable substances.

He worked for a metalware company in Shanghai and had no criminal history. Police also said Chen had been illegally transporting hazardous substances for some time. He is currently in a coma after inhaling large amounts of smoke.

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