Three accidents in two hours kill seven on northern highway

By Doan Loan, Giang Chinh   July 23, 2019 | 10:44 am GMT+7
Three accidents in two hours kill seven on northern highway
A truck flips over on its side after hitting the divider at a crossing on National Highway 5 in Hai Duong Province, killing five people early morning on July 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.

Five persons near two fatal accident sites on a highway were crushed to death in Hai Duong Province on Tuesday morning.

The three accidents took place within a space of two hours on a one-kilometer-long section of National Highway 5 in Kim Thanh District, Hai Duong Province, around two hours east of Hanoi.

In the first accident, a person crossing the road at around 4:10 a.m. was killed when a 16-seater bus hit him.

Nearly two hours later, a truck carrying bottled drinking water lost control and crashed into the street divider before flipping on its side at the crossing, crushing motorbike travelers who were waiting in the middle of the road to cross to the other side.

The accident killed at least five people and two were hospitalized with serious injuries, said Dao Quang Thanh, a local official.

A motorbike is crushed by a truck in Hai Duong Province on the early morning of July 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.

A motorbike is crushed by a truck in Hai Duong Province on the early morning of July 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Chinh.

Data recorded by the General Department of Roads showed before the collision, the truck in the third accident was traveling at 65km per hour, but the road allows a maximum speed of 90 kilometers per hour.

In another accident, a driver died in a collision between an ordinary truck and a container truck about a kilometer away at 5:30 a.m.

Two trucks crash on the National Highway 5 in Hai Duong Province, July 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh.

Two trucks crash on the National Highway 5 in Hai Duong Province, July 23, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh.

Traffic on National Highway 5 was paralyzed after the three accidents that are being investigated by the police.

Adding to the spookiness, it was in this same district that eight people lost their lives last January while walking along the same highway, mowed down by a truck. The pedestrians in this accident were returning from a funeral.

Road crashes are a leading cause of deaths in Vietnam, killing almost one person every hour. A total of more than 18,720 traffic accidents occurred in 2018, killing 8,244 people and injuring nearly 14,800, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

 
 
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