|A traffic officer in the northern province of Dien Bien was crushed to death by a truck when he was trying to clear congestion on a slippery road on Pha Din Pass Monday morning. — Photo cand.com.vn
HA NOI VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday asked the transport ministry and relevant agencies to tighten road safety during cold weather.
The move comes as a record cold spell brought unprecedented snow to the northern provinces of Viet Nam since Saturday.
Snow and ice are affecting not just people but also traffic safety because of slippery roads.
Yesterday morning, a traffic officer in the northern Dien Bien Province was crushed to death by a truck when he was trying to clear congestion on a slippery road.
The traffic officer Tran Van Hinh and five other officers were in charge of directing vehicles on the road, where traffic was being held up due to frost. The temperature in the province had fallen below zero degree Celsius the previous night.
A truck suddenly skidded and crashed into a barrier, crushing Hinh, who was standing by the barrier.
Hinh suffered serious injuries and died on the way to hospital.
As soon as he was informed about the accident, Deputy PM Phuc sent condolences to Hinh's family.
He also asked the police to investigate the case.
Phuc said the transport ministry and transport departments should review road conditions and install warning signs, if needed.
They have also been asked to arrange for staff to remove ice and snow from the roads. Traffic might be restricted if the weather worsens.
Viet Nam is going through the worst cold spell in decades, with frost and even snow being reported in many places in northern Viet Nam, such as Ha Noi and Sa Pa, as well as Nghe An and Thanh Hoa Provinces in the north-central region. The cold spell is expected to weaken tomorrow. — VNS