A conflagration broke out along the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam on Wednesday after a truck carrying lubricating oil caught fire while traveling on the route.
The truck was running on the expressway in the direction from Ho Chi Minh City toward the Mekong Delta when it caught fire on the section in Long An Province at around 12:40 pm, according to traffic police.
The inferno quickly engulfed both sides of the expressway after the lubricating oil filled the road, while a large amount of smoke was produced by the fire.
The driver of the truck was Nguyen Hoang Thuong, 49.
No one was harmed in the incident, but several parts of the road and green trees were damaged.
Serious congestion occurred on both directions of the expressway as the section was locked down for firefighters to do their job.
|Smoke comes out from the inferno along the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, May 4, 2022. Photo: Hong Dao / Tuoi Tre
The flames were put out at around 2:30 pm, while traffic in one direction was resumed as of 3:00 pm, according to VnExpress newspaper.
Stretching 62 kilometers, the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway connects the southern metropolis with Tien Giang Province via Long Anh in the Mekong Delta.
The expressway was opened to traffic in 2010.
|A truck carrying lubricating oil catches fire on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, May 4, 2022. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre
|A bird’s-eye view of the fire along the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, May 4, 2022. Photo: Son Lam / Tuoi Tre