Pedestrian and Cyclist Accidents

Van carrying gas canisters injures 18 in Shanghai crash

The driver of a minivan hauling gas canisters in Shanghai set fire to his vehicle while smoking a cigarette and plowed into pedestrians Friday, leaving 18 people injured in the heart of the Chinese financial hub, police said.

Police ruled out the possibility of a deliberate attack and described the crash as an accident. The 40-year-old minivan driver, whom police identified only by his surname Chen, lost control after a fire erupted in his van, which held several plastic bottles of gasoline as well as six canisters of liquid gas.

A cigarette butt found by investigators in the van likely started the fire, Shanghai police said in a statement Friday evening. They said...