11 bikers injured in Ho Chi Minh City street racing

By Dam Huy - Cong Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Several motorbikes were seriously damaged in the crash. Photo: Ma Phong Several motorbikes were seriously damaged in the crash. Photo: Ma Phong

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At least 11 motorcyclists taking part in an illegal street race were injured in a crash while trying to avoid a police checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday.
The accident happened at 2 a.m. on a section of Vo Van Kiet Street in Binh Tan District where dozens were racing accompanied by hundreds of other bikes.
At the corner of Ho Hoc Lam Street, the racers tried to turn around after seeing the checkpoint, causing a pileup involving more than 10 vehicles.
Witnesses said several people, including watchers, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital.
Colonel Tran Thanh Tra, the city traffic police chief, said three people were arrested and 11 motorbikes were seized, but several other racers managed to flee.
The checkpoint was set up after patrolling officers noticed signs of a race being held, he said.

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