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Traffic light failure causes hours-long congestion in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 14:55 GMT+7
Traffic light failure causes hours-long congestion in Ho Chi Minh City
Vehicles fill Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A major street leading to downtown Ho Chi Minh City was teeming with vehicles moving at a snail’s pace reportedly due to traffic light malfunction on Tuesday morning.

The sheer volume of slow-running traffic started crowding both the carriageways of the Saigon Bridge and part of Dien Bien Phu Street around 7:00 am.

The overwhelming flow stretched around 1.5 kilometers.

Locals said drivers did not give way to one another when traffic lights failed, causing the chaos.

It took police well over two hours to handle the situation.

Vehicles throng Saigon Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Vehicles throng Saigon Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Cars move on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Cars move on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Vehicles crowd Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Vehicles crowd Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Cars move on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Cars move on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
A police officer directs traffic on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
A police officer directs traffic on Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Traffic is seen on Saigon Bridge over two hours after congestion begins there, in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Traffic is seen on Saigon Bridge over two hours after congestion begins there, in Ho Chi Minh City, February 19, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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