|The car that was smashed into pieces during the accident. – Photo nld.com.vn
DA NANG (VNS) – Four people were killed and another three injured in a car crash this morning at the Nam Hai Van–Ba Na Suoi Mo intersection in the central city of Da Nang.
The accident took place when a passenger bus being driven at a high speed towards Hoa Vang District crashed into a car on the Ba Na Suoi Mo road, and dragged the vehicle for hundreds of metres before the bus could be stopped.
The car driver and three other passengers, including a one-year-old baby, were killed on the spot. Three others in the car were injured and rushed to the hospital immediately.
The driver of the passenger bus had reportedly fled from the site after the accident occurred.
The new Ba Na Suoi Mo road that helps shorten the distance between Da Nang City Centre and Ba Na Hill was opened to traffic only four days ago.
Reports from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) revealed that a total of 22 people were killed in 28 traffic accidents across the country yesterday, or the first day of the six-day-long national holiday.
All the accidents had taken place on road.
Traffic hotlines for the NTSC yesterday received nearly 40 calls and 10 messages, mostly complaining about the overloading of passenger buses.
"There were reports of a 30-seat bus on the Mong Cai- Nam Dinh route, which attempted to push in about 100 passengers on board," said NTSC Chief of Office Nguyen Trong Thai.
Unreasonable hikes in bus fares have also been frequently reported to the NTSC.
Data from the NTSC showed that 9,189 traffic violations were caught by the police across Viet Nam yesterday, resulting in the collection of about VND3.4 billion (US$158,000) in fines. – VNS