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Accident inside Hai Van tunnel kills one

Update: August, 20/2015 - 22:52


The accident scene inside the Hai Van Tunnel. — Photo courtesy of the tunnel managers.

THUA THIEN - HUE — One person died and another was critically injured this morning as their truck slammed into the wall of Hai Van Tunnel which connects the central localities of Thua Thien - Hue and Da Nang.

The truck entered the tunnel from Thua Thien - Hue Province side and met with the accident just 100m down from the tunnel entrance. A person sitting in the passenger seat died on the spot.

The driver was rushed to a hospital in Da Nang City with critical head and chest injuries. Fortunately, the doctors managed to save his life, according to an announcement made this afternoon.

Police said trucks braking system snapped accidentally and they believed that the driver intentionally slammed the vehicle into the wall to avoid a collision with other vehicles in the tunnel.

Minimum speed in the tunnel is 60km per hour. At the time the accident occurred, sensors and cameras along the tunnels were active and the tunnel managers are working to ensure that no explosion occurs inside. However, the accident led to hours-long traffic congestion. The tunnel, the longest in the country, goes through the Hai Van Pass. — VNS

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