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Police car plows into people, vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City's 'backpacker area'

Police car plows into people, vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City's 'backpacker area'

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10:02 GMT+7
Police car plows into people, vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City's 'backpacker area'
The scene where a police car plowed into a number of people, motorbikes, tables and chairs on Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, August 28, 2020 is seen in this photo uploaded on Facebook.

A police car crashed into several motorbikes and people on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, located within the city's ‘backpacker area,’ on Friday night.

The car was moving on Bui Vien Street in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 when it suddenly plowed into multiple motorbikes and pedestrians on the street, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The vehicle belongs to Pham Ngu Lao Ward Police, the source confirmed.

Camera footage shows that the car dashed from one side of the street to the other, knocking off a dumpster and a street-cleaning worker.

The vehicle went on to sweep through a number of motorbikes, tables and chairs on the sidewalk in front of restaurants along the street.

The scene where a police car dashed to a number of people, motorbikes, tables and chairs on Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, August 28, 2020 is seen in this photo uploaded on Facebook.
The scene where a police car dashed to a number of people, motorbikes, tables and chairs on Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, August 28, 2020 is seen in this photo uploaded on Facebook.

Other footage showed a man sitting in front of a restaurant quickly jumping out of harm's way before the vehicle swept across the sidewalk and collided with an electric cabinet, producing sparks.

A parking lot attendant and a sanitation worker sustained injuries in their head and leg and were rushed to a nearby hospital, local media reported.

Several motorbikes, tables and chairs were also damaged.

Function forces in District 1 came to investigate the scene later on the same night.

Bui Vien and nearby streets make up the city’s busiest nightlife area, which is also dubbed the ‘backpacker area’ due to its vibrant community of foreign travelers and expats.

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