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Female driver blames high heels for fatal crash in Hanoi

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 13:57 GMT+7
Female driver blames high heels for fatal crash in Hanoi
The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Quang Bach / Tuoi Tre

A female driver who fatally crashed her car into a group of two-wheeled vehicles, killing one, at an intersection in Hanoi on Wednesday morning has blamed the entire accident on her high heels.

Vu Thi Hong Thai, 47, a resident of Cau Giay District, was brought to the police station shortly after plowing her Mercedes into three motorbikes and one electric bicycle traveling in the same direction near the intersection of Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Le Van Luong Streets at around 7:20 am.

The car dragged a motorbike stuck on its front side for ten meters before coming to a complete halt. 

Both the car and motorbike then caught fire and became engulfed in flames.

One woman was killed at the scene.

Two fire engines and dozens of firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene to extinguish the fire.

A woman wearing a black dress and high heels is seen next to the Mercedes car and motorbike burning in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Novembr 20, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre contributor

A woman wearing a black dress and high heels is seen next to the Mercedes car and motorbike burning in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre Contributor

The accident happened during the morning rush hour commute, causing a minor traffic buildup on busy Le van Luong and Lang Ha Streets.

At the police station, 47-year-old Thai told police officers that she had meant to slow down when she saw other vehicles in front of her, but admitted that she panicked and her high heels caused her to accidently slam on the accelerator instead of the breaks.

According to the police, the victims in the incident include Tran Van Thoi, 28, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, Pham Hong Nhung, 18, from the northern province of Cao Bang, Pham Van Ut, 28, from Hanoi, and the unidentified owners of a motorbike and an electric bicycle found at the scene.

Police officers have yet to identify the female victim killed in the accident as her motorbike has been burnt to ashes.

Authorities say their plan is to attempt to identify the deceased owner of the bike by running the bike’s engine number in their system, as well as continue with their overarching investigation into the incident.

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Novembr 20, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre contributor

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre Contributor

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Novembr 20, 2019. Photo: Quang Bach/ Tuoi Tre

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Quang Bach / Tuoi Tre

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Novembr 20, 2019. Photo: Van Thanh/ Tuoi Tre

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Van Thanh / Tuoi Tre

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Novembr 20, 2019. Photo: Van Thanh/ Tuoi Tre

The Mercedes car and motorbike are burnt in the incident in Cau Giay District, Hanoi, November 20, 2019. Photo: Van Thanh / Tuoi Tre

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