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114 die in 186 traffic accidents during Vietnam’s National Day holiday

114 die in 186 traffic accidents during Vietnam’s National Day holiday

Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 11:21 GMT+7

During the four days from August 30 to September 2, the National Day holiday, 186 traffic accidents occurred across the country, killing 114 people and injuring 145, the Vietnam National Traffic Safety Committee reported Tuesday.

>> At least 12 dead as bus falls into abyss in Vietnam >> Vietnam transport minister climbs down ravine to visit bus crash site Of these accidents, 184 occurred on roads, killing 111 people and wounding 142 others; while the remaining two happened on railways, claiming three lives and injuring three more.     On September 2 alone, more than 60 traffic accidents took place nationwide, leaving 48 people dead and 75 injured. In Ho Chi Minh City, 56 traffic accidents took place over the four days, killing seven people and wounding 58 others. The country’s most serious accident occurred on Monday evening, when a sleeper bus carrying 53 people fell into a 200-meter valley after colliding with a 4-seater car in the northern province of Lao Cai. The incident killed 12 people and left the remaining 41 people injured.  A working group from the National Traffic Safety Committee, led by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, standing deputy chairman of the committee, arrived at the scene on Wednesday evening to coordinate with local forces in rescue activities. Another serious accident happened on National Highway 5 in Hung Yen Province, also in the northern region, at 7:00 am on Tuesday, when a bus crashed into a barrier and then hit a 7-seater car traveling on the opposite side. The violent collision killed three people and severely injured another, all passengers in the car. Among the dead was Lieutenant General Nguyen Xuan Tu, deputy director of the General Department of Force Build-Up, under the Ministry of Public Security. During the holiday, traffic police nationwide handled nearly 28,800 violations of traffic rules and issued fines totaling VND14.15 billion (US$666,650), the Vietnam National Traffic Safety Committee said.

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