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Accidents kill 22 on first day of Tet

Update: February, 07/2016 - 17:00
An accident scene occurs on the first day of Tet holiday. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Twenty-two people were killed and 27 were injured in 31 road accidents that occurred nationwide on February 6, the first day of the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The public security ministry's traffic police department said there were 29 road mishaps and two railway accidents across the country on that day.

On the same day, the traffic police across the country handled more than 2,000 cases of violations of traffic regulations, while collecting administrative fines totalling nearly VND2.5 billion, detaining 355 motorbikes and revoking 167 driving licences.

People flocked railway stations and bus stations, causing serious traffic jams in key crossroads in Ha Noi and HCM City on February 5 and the morning of February 6.

Most railway and bus stations in the two cities were crowded as the number of travellers surged during the days prior to Tet, the most important annual festival when people are expected to be with their families in their home towns. — VNS

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