National highway traffic jam lasts hours after three fatal accidents

By Gia Chinh   July 23, 2019 | 06:53 pm GMT+7

Three traffic accidents within two hours on a National Highway 5 section triggered a gridlock 10km long for six hours on Tuesday.

National highway traffic jam lasts hours after three fatal accidents

The accidents that happened over a one-kilometer-long stretch of the highway in Kim Thanh District, Hai Duong Province, around two hours east of Hanoi, killed seven people between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The resulting traffic jams stretched 10 kilometers long and lasted until nearly 1 p.m.

In one accident, a man was hit and killed by a bus. A driver was killed when two trucks collided head-on in another case. Five other victims were killed when they were waiting at a crossing and a truck crashed into the street divider, flipped and crushed them.

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Traffic police try to manage trucks on the 789 Bridge after the accidents, but the sheer number of vehicles made it a very tough task.

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People on motorbikes weaved in and out of spaces between larger vehicles, trying to find a way ahead.

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Nguyen Thi Bay, a local resident, made hay when the sun shines, selling drinks and snacks to people stuck in traffic.

"The traffic jam began at 6:30 a.m., and it did not stop even until noon, so we brought water and milk to sell to the drivers and others stuck on the road," she said.

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A man tries to fix a badly frayed tire of a truck, though it was not clear how or when this kind of damage happened. Broken-down vehicles on the road section affected by the accidents worsened the traffic jam.

 
 
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