Road accidents killed 81 people and injured 41 others on the last three days of 2018 in Vietnam, when multiple people traveled on tourism trips or back to their hometowns, according to the country’s National Traffic Safety Committee.
The agency reported 116 road accidents and a resultant daily average of 27 deaths during the first three days of the New Year holiday, which lasts from Saturday through Tuesday.
The number of traffic fatalities in this period increased by 14 deaths year-on-year although the figures for injuries and road crashes declined by 33 and eight respectively, said the Ministry of Public Security.
The National Traffic Safety Committee attributed the incidents, which mostly involved motorbike riders, to speeding, traveling in wrong lanes, heedlessness and drunk driving.
Amongst the deceased was a five-year-old boy who was run over by a bus after he fell toward the vehicle while stepping out of it in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam’s Central Highlands, on Sunday.
Two motorcyclists died after their vehicle slammed into a roadside crash barrier in the central metropolis of Da Nang on the night of the same day.
A motorcyclist was killed following his crash with a tractor-trailer also on the same night in Binh Duong Province, next to Ho Chi Minh City.
Many streets in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were clogged with traffic on Saturday and this situation may recur on Tuesday, the last day of the public holiday.