Police in Long An Province, southern Vietnam said on Saturday that they were probing a case in which boards with upward-facing nails were believed to be put on a road in Thu Thua District by a group of vandals in an attempt to commit robberies.
According to a police report, T., a 42-year-old local resident in Long An, and her relative noticed two boards full of nails left on the road, numbered 818, running through Thu Thua’s Tan Thanh Commune while they were traveling in a car from southern Tay Ninh Province at around 7:30 pm on Friday.
They stopped the car and T. stepped out to go toward the two boards.
As soon as she picked them up, a local inhabitant holding a flashlight ran to her and warned her against robbers in the area.
The local resident told her that a group of people were hiding by the roadside.
T. immediately put the boards aside, returned to the car, and drove away.
|T., a 42-year-old local resident in Long An Province, southern Vietnam is seen holding two boards with upward-facing nails. Photo: Supplied|
She shared this story along with a photo of her holding these two boards on her Facebook account the same night.
Seeing her post, which was quickly spread on Facebook, S., 30, another native of Long An, said that he encountered a similar situation the same day.
At dawn on Friday, S. drove his passengers on the road 818 from Long An to southern Dong Nai Province.
Around 2:30 am, he accidentally drove over a wooden board full of nails.
He noticed that there was another car following closely behind at that time.
Despite his nail-hit tire, S. accelerated his car toward a local medical station and honked the car horn to wake people there up. By that time, the car following behind had driven away.
The locations where T. and S. encountered the nail boards were some 17 kilometers apart.
Both of them reported the incidents to local police.