123 killed in Vietnam holiday traffic accidents

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There were 123 deaths from as many traffic accidents around Vietnam during the four-day weekend holiday, while hospitals said they received many times more accident victims than normal.

Lieutenant Colonel Tran Son of the Road and Railway Traffic Department said 69 other people were injured, adding 104 cars and more than 6,500 motorbikes were seized for flouting traffic rules.

Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City's leading facility, especially for emergency cases, said it received 121 victims, twice the normal number, on April 30, Reunification Day.

Two of them succumbed to brain injuries.

Dr Pham Tri Dung, head of the hospital's emergency department, said the number of patients started to rise during the weekend to 74 on Saturday and 105 on Sunday.

There was heavy congestion Tuesday evening on National Highway 1A, which connects the city with the Mekong Delta, and on the Hanoi Highway going to central and northern destinations as hundreds of thousands of people returned to the city. May 1 was a holiday for International Labor Day.

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