Police car hit by ambulance on southern expressway

By Staff reporters   November 8, 2023 | 11:24 pm PT
Police car hit by ambulance on southern expressway
A traffic police car is damaged after being hit by an ambulance on Trung Luong - My Thuan Expressway in Tien Giang Province, Nov. 8, 2023. Photo by Nguyen Long
An ambulance crashed into a parked traffic police car on the Trung Luong – My Thuan Expressway, due to the driver being tired.

On Wednesday morning, four traffic police officers were dispatched to handle the situation in which a four-seat car was damaged while moving on the expressway through Cai Lay Town of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. The wrecked car stopped in the middle of the street, posing traffic hazards.

The police parked their car on the roadside of the street and officers got out to perform their duty.

Around 8 a.m., an ambulance suddenly hit the police car, damaging the car's window and its back, as well as the front of the ambulance.

A man on board the ambulance suffered a slight injury. The ambulance was returning to Can Tho City after delivering a patient to Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC.

Due to the accident, traffic on the expressway through Cai Lay was congested for two hours.

The ambulance driver told police that he was sleepy and by the time he realized a police car was parked on the street, it was already too late.

Trung Luong – My Thuan Expressway stretches 51 km long and 16 m wide with four lanes. It has no emergency lanes and has only six emergency stops in each direction.

The route links up with HCMC – Trung Luong Expressway in Chau Thanh District of Tien Giang Province and passes through five of the province's districts to join National Highway 30.

Since it opened to traffic in 2010, HCMC - Trung Luong has been the only expressway linking the delta, home to around 20 million people, with the rest of the nation.

With Trung Luong – My Thuan put into service, the travel time from HCMC to Tien Giang is shortened by 75 minutes to one hour and 45 minutes.

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