Traffic accidents claim 58 lives during holidays

Scene of a traffic accident in Vietnam (Photo: VOV)

Hanoi (VNA) – Fifty-eight
people died and 58 others were injured in traffic accidents nationwide during
the three-day holiday.

Seventy-four road accidents took place
nationwide during the National Day holiday from last September 2 to September 4,
according to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS)’s Traffic
Police General Department.

Of those, twenty-five occured ​on September 4,
killing 22 and injuring 16.

Police nationwide handled about 9,200 road
safety violations in the last three days, confiscating about 6.4 billion VND (281,600
USD) of fines and 667 driving licenses, seizing 65 cars and 997 motorbikes.

The hotline number of the National Traffic
Safety Committee received about 131 phone calls and text messages on transport
violations. Most of them were about heavy vehicles carrying more passengers
than allowed, increasing fare prices, and causing traffic congestion on routes
leading to tourism sites and on national routes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The two most serious accidents took place
in the northern Vinh Phuc province on September 2, and central Quang Binh province
on September 3.

Two coach buses, one with 16 seats and
another with 29 seats, collided at about 12:40 am on September 2 while travelling
in the same direction on the stretch of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway running
through Vinh Phuc province’s Binh Xuyen Binh Xuyen district.

As the result of the impact, the 16-seat
coach bus then struck a 45-seat coach bus that was travelling in the same
direction. Eleven passengers were injured, with four of them being
hospitalised.

On September 3 morning, a north-to-south train
hit a large excavating shovel machine that was crossing the railway some 2km from the Ngan
Son train station in central Quang Binh province’s Bo Trach district.

The accident injured the shovel’s driver,
the train driver and his assistant, destroying the shovel and damaging the
first two cars of the train. All 90 train passengers aboard the train were reported
to have been unharmed.-VNA



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