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​Three wounded in pile-up at entrance to Hai Van Tunnel in central Vietnam

​Three wounded in pile-up at entrance to Hai Van Tunnel in central Vietnam

Friday, May 11, 2018, 15:00 GMT+7

A multiple-vehicle collision occurred at the entrance to the Hai Van Tunnel in central Vietnam late on Thursday afternoon, injuring three people and blocking traffic for hours.

The accident happened when a truck carrying thousands of metric tons of frozen clams from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang experienced break failure.

The truck rear-ended a 45-seater passenger bus before hitting another container truck from the south-central province of Binh Thuan and a minitruck traveling in the opposite direction.

The truck carrying frozen clams is damaged following the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The truck carrying frozen clams is damaged following the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The container truck from Binh Thuan wound up on its side, blocking traffic in both directions, while the minitruck was pushed entirely off the road. Frozen clams from the Tien Giang truck filled the street.

All four vehicles and a section of the road fence were damaged.

Three people were injured and admitted to the hospital for emergency treatment.

The damaged minitruck is pushed off the roadway after the collision. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The damaged minitruck is pushed off the roadway after the collision. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Competent authorities later arrived at the scene to control traffic and manage with the incident.

Local residents also helped pick up the clams and clean the street.

Traffic at the southern gate of the tunnel returned to normal by 9:00 pm the same day.

Frozen clams fill the street after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Frozen clams fill the street after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Opened in 2005, the Hai Van Tunnel runs under the Hai Van Pass, on the border of Da Nang City and Thua Thien - Hue Province.

It is the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia, stretching a total of 6.28 kilometers.

Local residents help pick up the frozen clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents help pick up the frozen clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents help pick up the frozen clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents help pick up the frozen clams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Traffic is blocked due to the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Traffic is blocked due to the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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