A total of 83 traffic crashes during the three-day holiday claimed 63 lives and injured 56 nationwide, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported Monday.
That means 21 people were killed on a daily basis during the Hung Kings Festival from April 16-18. The main festival was on Saturday, April 16.
The most serious case involved a taxi that plunged into a lake in the northern province of Lang Son on Monday. The driver and three male passengers were killed.
Initial investigation found the driver lost control of the car at a curve on Dinh Le Street.
Another accident involved Long An football club’s defender Tran Phuoc Tho, a former member of the national U-23 team. He lost control and crashed his motorbike on a street in his hometown.
During the holiday, police issued traffic fines of more than VND580 million (US$26,000) against nearly 3,000 drivers and seized 23 cars and 324 motorbikes nationwide.
Vietnam now has nearly 2.75 million cars and 45 million motorbikes. The average traffic fatalities number is one every hour.