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At least four dead after truck rams 21 motorbikes at traffic light in Vietnam

Thursday, January 03, 2019, 07:58 GMT+7
At least four dead after truck rams 21 motorbikes at traffic light in Vietnam
Motorbikes are seen at the site of accident in Long An, southern Vietnam, January 2, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A Ho Chi Minh City-bound tractor trailer in the southern province of Long An crashed into more than 20 motorcyclists stopped at a traffic light, claiming at least four lives.

The fatal accident took place at around 3:00 pm at the Binh Nhut intersection on the National Highway 1 in Long An’s Ben Luc District, with three victims killed on the spot and a fourth pronounced dead at a local hospital. Seventeen other victims were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Victims with severe injuries have since been transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for better treatment.

A Ben Luc police officer said that authorities believe that break failure could be the cause of the incident.

The driver, 32-year-old Pham Thanh Hieu, fled the scene immediately after the deadly crash, but turned himself into police later the same day.

 

CCTV footage of the accident shows that the truck was speeding toward the motorcyclists and showed no sign of slowing down before ploughing through the crowd.

The truck continued to travel with some motorbikes trapped beneath it for another 200m before coming to a complete halt.

Phung Van On, a member of the Long An traffic safety committee, said this is one of the worst traffic accidents to ever happen in the province.

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

 

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Son Luong / Tuoi Tre News

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