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​19 cars damaged in multiple highway pile-ups in northern Vietnam

Monday, April 16, 2018, 10:25 GMT+7
​19 cars damaged in multiple highway pile-ups in northern Vietnam
A car damaged in a chain-reaction crash is pictured on National Route 6 in Hoa Binh Province, northern Vietnam, on April 15, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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
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.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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