|The scene of the accident.
HA NOI (VNS) — One person was killed and several others seriously injured when a taxi crashed into seven motorbikes on the Chua Boc-Thai Ha Flyover in Ha Noi's Dong Da District yesterday evening.
The four-seater Vinataxi vehicle hit an automobile at the Nga Tu So intersection at 10.30pm yesterday. The taxi driver exited his moving vehicle after hitting a bystander, who remained stuck on the hood of the car.
The taxi continued moving forward on the flyover and ultimately crashed into at least seven motorbikes that were travelling in the opposite direction.
The individual on the car's hood and the bikers were all thrown onto the road, and two or three of the victims fell unconscious. The front of the taxi was destroyed in the crash.
|All motorbikes are damaged after the serious accident.
Some witnesses said the taxi driver had been so frightened that he jumped from the 5m-high flyover onto the road below, where he lay unconscious.
Le Quyen, one of the witnesses, said that before the accident, at about 10.40pm, the taxi and another automobile had raced dangerously along Nguyen Trai Road. The taxi driver then crashed into the seven motorbikes.
All the victims, including the taxi driver, were rushed to the hospital.
Commander Le Tu, head of the Traffic Police Team No. 3, told Vnexpress.net that the taxi driver was 41-year-old Dang Ngoc Cuong from Ha Noi's Hoan Kiem District.
An initial investigation showed Cuong was neither behaving strangely nor had he consumed alcohol while driving the taxi, Tu said.
|The police arrive to investigate the accident and provide assistance. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Son
The single fatality was Do Van Hoang from Ha Noi's Ha Dong Town, who had been driving his wife Nguyen Thi Thu Hien.
Hien was taken to the Viet Nam-Germany Hospital in serious condition. She is currently suffering severe stress and repeatedly calls out for her husband.
Tran Trung Kien, a doctor in the Surgery-Orthopedic Ward at the hospital, said Hien had been barely conscious and had suffered many injuries when she was admitted. There was no evidence of a concussion, he reported, but Hien had still lost consciousness after her surgery.
Doctors have placed Hien under close observation and have not informed her of her husband's death to avoid allowing the psychological impact to hurt her chances of recovery, Kien said.
The Chua Boc-Thai Ha Flyover was inaugurated in April 2012 to reduce traffic jams in the area. It is used by motorbikes and vehicles with fewer than nine seats and has a speed limit of 25km per hour.
In another incident yesterday, Da Lat City Police in the Central Highlands Lam Dong Province seized a lorry driver who had run away after causing an accident.
Thirty-two-year-old Truong Hong Duy, from the central Quang Ngai Province, crashed his lorry, owned by Thong Nu Company in Da Lat City, into a motorbike on Nguyen Cong Tru Road at 8pm on Saturday. The biker, 51-year-old Le Thuong, died on the way to hospital and his wife, Tran Thi Dien, 53, died instantly.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. — VNS