|Lò Xo Pass is named as "Pass of Death" due to serious traffic accidents occured. – photo baogialai.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Transport will implement solutions to ensure safety on the 27km mountainous Lò Xo Pass on National Highway 14, reported online newspaper baotintuc.vn.
According to Nguyễn Văn Thạch, head of the ministry’s Traffic Safety Department, the road will initially get more speed breakers and barrier raillings. More sign posts of the speed limit for trucks and passenger buses will be placed on the accident-prone sections of the pass.
The ministry has asked relevant offices to check the “super sloping” section on the pass, which is located in Đăk Glei district in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum.
The pass has been named the “Pass of Death” by the local people and drivers as it often causes serious accidents, according to the newspaper.
Several accidents have occurred here since the beginning of this year. A week ago, two accidents on the pass killed four and injured 38 coach passengers.
To reduce the number of accidents, the local government has asked the transport ministry to invest in upgrading some sections of the pass.
The ministry and the National Committee on Traffic Safety had visited the pass to investigate its condition.
“The pass is an important road linking central and Tây Nguyên provinces,” said deputy transport minister Lê Đình Thọ.
“There is a need for urgent solutions to reduce accidents on the road,” he added.
The Road Department is required to submit a master plan for upgrading the Lò Xo Pass to the ministry within two weeks to carry out the plan this year. – VNS