600 m3 of sand sinks after barge collision in Saigon River

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A barge carrying 600 cubic meters of sand sank on Ho Chi Minh City's Saigon River Tuesday after colliding with another barge, but no casualties were reported.

A tugboat (LA-03953) piloted by Huynh Van Toi was towing a 990-ton barge from the Saigon Bridge to the river's headwaters when it hit another one sailed by Bui Cong Bac which was towing a 1,421 ton-barge in the opposite direction at around 3.40 p.m. on the river's section in Binh Thanh District.

The second barge was reportedly carrying nothing.

The collision caused Toi's barge to overturn and sink along with the sand.

Local agencies have launched an investigation into the accident which aroused the curiosity of many by-passers on the Saigon Bridge, causing a one-hour traffic jam.

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