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Traffic collisions kill 162, injure 184 during holiday

Update: May, 04/2015 - 10:00

There was an average of 44 traffic accidents per day during the holiday. Each day an average of 27 people were killed and 31 were injured. — Photo vietnamnet

HA NOI (VNS) — During the six-day holiday, 263 traffic accidents occurred across the country, killing 162 people and injuring 184 others.

There was an average of 44 traffic accidents per day during the holiday. Each day an average of 27 people were killed and 31 were injured.

The total number of traffic accidents comprises those that happened on roads, waterways and trains. Road accidents alone killed 150 and injured 183 in a total of 249 collisions.

Three people also went missing in waterway accidents, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Yesterday 30 died and 32 were injured in 51 traffic accidents across the country. On Saturday the country saw 49 traffic incidents that left 41 dead and 43 injured.

Between April 28 and May 3, the police handled more than 54,600 traffic violations. They also detained 183 cars and more than 7,200 motorbikes, and revoked 1,400 driving licences.

The committee's hotline received more than 230 citizen reports on traffic safety violations – mostly about overloaded buses. The hotline gave the reports to local authorities, who were ordered to handle the incidents.

Last year Viet Nam recorded 224 traffic accidents during the national holiday from April 30 to May 4, claiming 117 lives and injuring 151 people.

On Saturday, 48 people were rescued in Ha Long Bay when a cruise boat sank after colliding with a vessel carrying rocks.

Nguyen Duc Long, chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee, led the rescue effort. The passengers and crew were rescued safely, according to officials.

The cruise boat was carrying 36 adults and 12 children on a sightseeing trip. Bui Manh Son, 42, of Quang Yen Town in Quang Ninh was driving the rock-transporting vessel.

On the same day, police in Da Nang announced they would detain the driver of a passenger bus that killed six people in a collision last Wednesday. The bus, speeding 35km per hour over the limit toward Hoa Vang District, crashed into a car on Ba Na Suoi Mo Road.

The bus dragged the vehicle for hundreds of metres before it could stop, according to officials. Four people died at the scene and two others died later from injuries.

Ba Na Suoi Mo Road, a four-lane highway that opened on April 25, shortens the distance between Da Nang's city centre and Ba Na Hill. It is 10km long and 34 metres wide. — VNS

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