Le Hoa Binh, standing deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, passed away in a traffic accident on an expressway on Tuesday morning.
Binh, 52, passed away at Long An Province General Hospital, director of the provincial Department of Health Huynh Minh Phuc confirmed on Tuesday noon, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The official was taken to the hospital in critical conditions after the accident occurring at 7:45 am on the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway, when he was on a business trip to the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.
The tire of the seven-seater car, driven by 33-year-old Nguyen Quang Vinh, suddenly blew out, causing the vehicle to flip over in Ben Luc District, Long An.
It was carrying Binh and another man, Duong Tan Truoc, 41, at that time.
The crash caused heavy injuries to all three people who were hospitalized for emergency care.
Binh had cardiac and respiratory arrests when hospitalized and he succumbed to his severe conditions despite doctors' great efforts.
|This supplied photo shows the scene of the car accident that took the life of Standing Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoa Binh on March 29, 2022.|
At 11:30 am on Tuesday, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai and other municipal officials arrived at the hospital to take Binh’s body back to the city for a funeral.
The city government has directed relevant agencies to coordinate with Long An authorities to investigate the cause of the road crash.
Details of Binh’s funeral will be informed by the Office of the municipal People's Committee later.
A native of central Quang Ngai Province, Binh had a master's degree in civil and industrial construction and a bachelor of economics, along with a certificate of advanced political theory.
The official was named standing deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee in December 2021 after he held the post of deputy chairman of the administration since December 2020.
He became the director of the local construction department in April 2019.
In March 2016, Binh was chairman of the People’s Committee of the city’s District 7.