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​Road accidents worsen congestion in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:08 GMT+7

Traffic jams still haunted travelers on major routes connecting Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday and were intensified by multiple road accidents.

A large number of people were still traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City from their hometowns in the Mekong Delta following the end of the Lunar New Year holiday, placing enormous pressure on National Highway 1.

In Vinh Long Province, two traffic crashes occurring in the afternoon severely exacerbated the gridlock on the highway as well as its detour in the locality.

Despite efforts from traffic police officers, vehicles were stuck in heavy congestion along a 10 kilometer section of the road.

Traffic police deal with a road crash. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Traffic police deal with a road crash. Photo: Tuoi Tre

As of 6:00 pm on the same day, thousands of motorbikes and automobiles were still traveling at a snail’s pace in the area.

Aside from the two routes, the section of National Highway 57 near Dinh Khao Ferry Station in Long Ho District, Vinh Long, also suffered bottlenecks, Tran Hoang Tu, vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“Many officers were mobilized to control the traffic and deal with the congestion,” Tu said, adding that they had to work relentlessly until the evening.

A serious traffic jam near the site of the accident in Vinh Long Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A serious traffic jam near the site of the accident in Vinh Long Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In a relevant development, many passengers of Futa Bus Lines in Can Tho City were exhausted as they had to wait long hours for their buses to Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday evening.

According to employees of the transport service, their buses could not reach Can Tho in time to pick up passengers as they were stuck in the traffic jams in Vinh Long.

Nguyen Thanh Hai, who works for a factory in Ho Chi Minh City, was scheduled to leave Can Tho for the southern metropolis at 5:00 pm.

However, his bus was nowhere to be seen as of 7:00 pm.

Hai decided to reschedule his trip to the next morning and returned to his relatives’ house for a rest.

Passengers wait for their buses in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on February 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Passengers wait for their buses in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on February 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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