Three severe road traffic accidents, two of which occurred in the north while the other was in central Vietnam, killed 10 people and seriously injured two others on Friday, local authorities reported.
>> Vietnam rejects rumor of Singapore plane accident off Mui Ne Around noon on January 30, a deadly accident occurred on the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Ha Quang District in the northern province of Cao Bang, killing three people, including a 36-year-old man, a 63-year-old woman, and a 1-year child, on the spot. The victims were traveling on a motorbike when they were hit by a car going in the opposite direction. At 7 pm the same day, a truck carrying five people including the driver suddenly fell into an abyss when it was travelling on a road in Than Uyen District in Lai Chau Province, also in the northern region. The accident killed the driver and three other people, who were local laborers on their way to work, while injuring the other. Local residents took the wounded to a hospital nearby for emergency aid. Police have examined the scene and are investigating the cause of the accident. Five minutes later (7:15 pm), another deadly accident took place on National Highway 26 in Krong Pak District, in the central Highlands Province of Dak Lak. At that time, a tanker truck suddenly swerved into the wrong lane and hit a motorbike going in the opposition direction driven by 33-year-old Tran Van Vu, who was carrying his 27-year-old wife and two children. The collision killed the couple and one of the children – 7 years old – on the spot, while severely injuring the other child, who is younger. The truck belongs to the Petrol and Oil Cooperative in the south central province of Khanh Hoa.
In related news, the Ministry of Public Security reported on Friday that the number of traffic accidents and the resulting deaths and injuries in the period from December 16, 2014 to January 15, 2015 increased by 5.14 percent, 3.99 percent and 3.23 percent respectively, compared to those in the preceding 12 months.