3 injured as car plows into motorbikes in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

By Duc Tien, Thanh Nien News

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Three women on motorbikes were injured after being mowed down by a car that lost control at a busy intersection in downtown Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.
The accident happened at around 4:30 p.m. when a Land Rover SUV coming from Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Street hit the motorbike of Ly Hue Phuong and Nguyen Thi Nha.
After the duo crashed, the car suddenly sped up and crashed into two other motorbikes, seriously injuring a woman in her head.
The giant vehicle then crashed into a motorbike shop and only stopped after breaking a window and some furniture.
A security guard at the motorbike shop, who asked to remain anonymous, said he and others at the shop had fled screaming when the car crashed into the shop.
“The victims were lying all around on the ground, including a woman who was seriously injured. I had to extinguish a fire that started after her motorbike was dragged by the car.”
The victims were rushed to hospital while the shop guards held the driver until the police came.
Phuong said she was driving very slow when being hit by the speeding car: "I shouted before being crashed and rolled over for several times."
"It was very painful but I still tried to drag myself towards her. Then, I saw another motorbike in fire."
Nha, who suffered a broken leg in the accident, said she only saw the car hit their motorbike before she felt unconscious.
The car driver Vo Phu Sy, 42, told the police he mistook the gas pedal for the brake after hitting Phuong, causing the car to speed up.
The police said Sy had not been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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