Two multi-car collisions occurred Sunday on a major highway in northern Vietnam as mist and rain conspired to shroud part of the road, leading to physical damage to the vehicles and a traffic tie-up.
The accidents took place in Hoa Binh Province at around 3:30 pm on National Route 6, stretching nearly 500 kilometers from Hanoi to the northwestern Vietnamese region.
The first pile-up involved seven cars, while the second, occurring only several minutes later and around 100 kilometers away, was a collision of 12 cars, according to Ha Anh Minh, a senior officer of the provincial police unit.
|A traffic hold-up is seen following the multiple pile-ups on National Route 6. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Emergency services were dispatched to the scene to help the victims and deal with the hold-up, which a stranded driver said blocked both carriageways of the road for over an hour.
Minh said that the affected vehicles had been towed away before traffic movement returned to normal by 5:00 pm.
The officer said no casualties were reported, adding that the accidents were traced to a thick blanket of mist and rain which caused a slippery road surface and poor visibility for speeding cars.