A heavy traffic jam on the stretch of National Road 1A that cuts through Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Chanh district yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE.
A total of 224 traffic accidents during the long holiday claimed 117 lives and injured 151 nationwide, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported Sunday.
An average of 23 people were reportedly killed every day of the holiday which lasted from April 30 – May 4, the committee said.
Most of the accidents occurred on the road; four died in four separate railway-related incidents.
There were two seriously accidents related to on mission cars that killed 6 and injured 5 others.
Police fined 38,000 travelers and collected a total of VND 18.6 billion ($883,000) nationwide.
The first four months of 2014 have seen fewer cases of accidents, deaths and injuries than during the same period in 2013--though this year's holiday casualties represented four more deaths than last year's holiday.
Total accidents fell by 1,339 to 8,638; traffic-related deaths fell 160 to 3,173 and traffic-related injuries fell to 8,512--a reduction of 1,641.
This April 2,056 traffic accidents were reported nationwide--along with 746 traffic fatalities and 2,050 injuries.
The figure represents a drop of 294 accidents year-on-year--or 9 fewer deaths and 275 fewer injuries.
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