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HCM City’s Thủ Thiêm Tunnel reopened to traffic

Update: October, 15/2018 - 16:00
Traffic piles up on Nguyễn Cơ Thạch Street on Monday morning. — VNA/VNS Photos
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HCM CITY — Thủ Thiêm Tunnel in HCM City has been reopened to traffic following a temporary closure earlier on Monday morning.

The tunnel was shut after a truck carrying oranges crashed into scaffolding near the entrance to the tunnel in District 2.

The incident caused the scaffolding to collapse and a motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle. The rider was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

Police are currently searching for the driver of the truck, who fled the scene after the incident.

The accident caused traffic to grind to a halt for hours in surrounding areas, including on Nguyễn Cơ Thạch Street, Thủ Thiêm Bridge and Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street.

The tunnel, running under the Sài Gòn River in HCM City, is 1.49km long, 33m wide and 9m high. It has six lanes which can carry around 45,000 automobiles and 15,000 motorcycles daily.

The tunnel links the new urban area of Thủ Thiêm in District 2 with downtown HCM City in District 1. — VNS

Vehicles come to a standstill on Nguyễn Cơ Thạch Street on Monday morning.
The tunnel was temporarily closed on Monday morning after the accident.
Work to clear the road began quickly on Monday morning.
The scene in the tunnel after scaffolding collapsed.
Police are investigating the incident.

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