Man who died in van crash was leader of Chinese troupe

February 19, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

The Chinese national killed in a van accident on Interstate 895 Monday afternoon was the director of a drama troupe visiting the United States, an official at the Chinese Embassy in Washington said yesterday.

Liu Huai Zheng, 65, who was killed when the van in which he was riding crashed near Washington Boulevard, was director of the Chengdu Drama Troupe in Sichuan Province, said Xiao Guang Guo, second secretary of the embassy's Cultural Office.

Guo said he was unsure whether the actors traveling with Zheng were in the United States to perform.

The preliminary cause of the accident was driver error, said Kerry Brandt, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. No one will be charged in the accident, which injured 12 other Chinese nationals traveling with Zheng, she said.

According to a police account, two vans carrying troupe members were heading east on I-895, the Harbor Tunnel Thruway, on the way to Atlantic City, N.J. They had pulled over to the shoulder and were moving back onto the highway when one of the vans swerved to avoid being hit by a car in the right lane. The van drove back onto the shoulder and down an embankment, police said.

Those injured included: He Ling, who was in stable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and Zeng Li, who was in stable condition at St. Agnes Hospital.

Zhing Zhenheng, Cecilia Limwan Sheung and Gho Hua Guo, the driver of the van, were treated at University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

Shuhui Wang was in stable condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital. Information on the condition of Dia Yoa, who reportedly was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, was not available last night.

Wi Min and Tong Ping were treated at Harbor Hospital Center and released, officials there said.

Three others taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center -- Ru Ho, Cai Huang and Shi Yow -- were in serious condition yesterday, according to a spokeswoman.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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