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Truck blazes inside Hai Van tunnel

Update: September, 17/2015 - 15:00
The truck is destroyed after the fire. — Photo

DA NANG (VNS) — A truck burst into flames some 2.1km inside the Hai Van Tunnel last night in the central city, temporarily closing the tunnel.

No serious injuries were reported by authorities, though the truck was destroyed.

The Hai Van Tunnel management company, Hamadeco, reported on the incident yesterday morning.

The truck, which is registered in Quang Tri Province, was travelling north to south when it caught fire.

Three fire-fighting teams were called to put out the fire and evacuate passengers from two buses and 15 trucks caught inside the tunnel.

The tunnel was closed for three hours until the smoke had cleared and the burned out truck removed of the tunnel at around 1am this morning (September 17th).

Traffic police are investigating the accident.

Tunnels have seen a series of accidents since August.

On Monday, five vehicles were involved in a collision in the Hai Van Tunnel, slightly injuring 12 passengers and damaging three cars.

On August 20, one person was killed and another was seriously injured in the tunnel when a truck struck a wall after its breaks failed.

Three year ago, an engine fire enveloped a 40-tonne truck inside the 6km long tunnel that connects Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City.

According to Nguyen Dinh Bach, general director of Hamadeco, from June 2005 to 2014 the tunnel had seen 11 overturned vehicles, 53 accidents and 41 fires.

As scheduled, the Deo Ca Investment joint-stock company plans to widen the single-lane Hai Van rescue tunnel to a two-lane traffic route to run parallel to the existing two-lane tunnel route. — VNS

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