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Tree falls on Saigon street, kills motorcyclist

Friday, September 25, 2020, 15:09 GMT+7
Tree falls on Saigon street, kills motorcyclist
This supplied photo shows doctors treating a motorcyclist, who was hit by a falling tree in District 10, at Cho Ray Hospital in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020.

A man riding a motorbike was killed when a tree fell on him in Ho Chi Minh City during a downpour on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred at around 3:30 pm on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10.

It was raining heavily when the 20-meter-tall tree collapsed on the still unidentified motorcyclists. 

Two other motorbikes and a sign belonging to a nearby store were also damaged during the incident.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

The victim was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital, 1.4 kilometers from the scene, with one-third of his right shoulder shattered, a crushed right arm, and fractured left forearm bones.

A CT scan showed that the patient had a one-centimeter thick epidural hematoma on his right temporal membrane, putaminal hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and accumulation of intracranial air, according to Cho Ray Hospital’s director Nguyen Tri Thuc.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

“Although the hospital urgently mobilized the entire force to give emergency treatment [to the patient], his injuries were too severe,” Dr. Thuc said.

The patient passed away on Friday morning, the hospital director confirmed.

In June, a falling tree branch also killed a motorcyclist during a rainstorm in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

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