Deputy PM wants prompt investigation of road accidents

Update: March, 02/2016 - 14:17
Two cars crashed into each other, killing four people and injuring three in the northern Ha Giang Province's Vi Xuyen District on Monday night. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Long

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday asked the police in two localities to promptly investigate two road accidents that killed seven people and injured three on Monday.

The accidents took place in Ha Noi and the northern Ha Giang Province.

Phuc, who is also head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, sent his condolences to the victims' families.

He asked the police in the two localities to complete the necessary procedures to identify the causes of the two accidents and to punish the guilty.

He also asked traffic police to tighten control and strictly punish violations that threaten road safety such as drink driving, speeding, driving in the wrong lane and illegal parking.

On Monday morning, three people, including a six-year-old child, died after being hit by a car that allegedly went out of control in Ha Noi's Lonh Bien District.

The child and her grandfather were reportedly going on a motorbike to her school, while the third victim was a 47-year-old female pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk. Camera recordings by local residents show a girl getting out of the car after it hit the victims. In the afternoon, a man named Nguyen Quang Vinh gave himself up to Long Bien District Police, saying that he was driving the car and had caused the accident.

Police arrested and prosecuted Vinh on the evening of the same day and are conducting further investigations. The case is attracting a lot of public attention, not because of its seriousness but due to doubts about who was driving the car.

Meanwhile, two cars travelling in opposite direction crashed into each other, killing four people and injured three in the northern Ha Giang Province's Vi Xuyen District at 8pm on Monday.

Both cars were badly damaged in the accident, and one of them flipped over. — VNS