A long-haul bus smashed into a slow-moving trailer truck on a major freeway in southern Vietnam on Saturday, killing two people and causing an hours-long traffic tie-up.
At around 4:20 am, a 16-seater bus rear-ended a trailer truck that was stopping along the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway section in Ho Chi Minh City’s neighbor Dong Nai Province, according to a report by the Vietnam Expressway Services Joint Stock Company, which operates the 56-kilometer-long route.
The crash killed the bus driver and a female passenger while leaving the vehicle consumed by fire, which then licked the container.
The estimated damage was worth around VND300 million (US$13,200), the company said.
The accident also led to a blockage on one carriageway of National Route 51, which intersects with the expressway, until 11:00 am on the same day.
Authorities in Dong Nai Province said the incident stemmed from the bus driver’s heedlessness of traffic risks and carelessness in overtaking.