Wheel pops off bus in Vietnam, frightening passengers on board

Nobody was hurt in the incident

The bus has its rear left wheel come off while running on Do Xuan Hop Street in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

An old bus had its wheel comes off while traveling in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, frightening passengers aboard yet leaving nobody injured.

The incident took place when the rear left wheel of the bus en route to Cat Lai Port in District 2 fell off and rolled onto Do Xuan Hop Street in District 9.

The old bus tilted diagonally, leaving its rear axle screeching the asphalt, according to one witness.

Tran Chi Trung, director of the Public Transportation Management and Operation Center, confirmed the incident to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and reported no casualties or injury.

The cause was attributed to the broken rear axle, according to Trung.

The Thanh Son Cooperative, which operates the bus, was then required by the center to review all of its old buses, put them under maintenance, and register for a quality evaluation.

The center has also promised to perform regular checks on all public transport vehicles in use so as to ensure the safety of passengers.

The bus, one of the No. 29 series, commuting from Thu Duc Produce Market in Thu Duc District to Cat Lai Port in District 2, is amongst the many vehicles yet to be renovated and upgraded into a new model.

The old model has been in use for nearly 10 years, notorious for an unaesthetic exterior and interior, an inadequate cooling system, grumbling engine noises, and often criticized for exhausting plumes of black smoke from its rear.

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