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Electric cars in China

Chinese EV maker Nio sparks backlash with Shanghai crash handling

Netizens call company 'coldblooded' for blaming testers killed in accident

Social media footage of the crash shows rescue workers attempting to get inside the gray car as it lies on its side surrounded by broken glass and other debris. (Photo from Ifeng News' Twitter)

SHANGHAI -- Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio has triggered a backlash, after it appeared to blame a bizarre accident at its Shanghai headquarters on two people killed when one of its cars plummeted from the building's third floor.

The accident on Wednesday, which left two digital dashboard testers dead, went viral online with images showing rescue workers desperately trying to get inside the smashed vehicle as it lay on the ground surrounded by broken glass and debris.

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