Aussie man injured in traffic accident in Vietnam

By Thanh Chuong, Thanh Nien News

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A photo shows the motorbike wreck in an accident that seriously injured an Australian man on May 14, 2016. Photo: Thanh Chuong A photo shows the motorbike wreck in an accident that seriously injured an Australian man on May 14, 2016. Photo: Thanh Chuong

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An Australian man suffered serious burns after his motorbike crashed into a roadside trench and catching fire in central Vietnam on Saturday.
The accident happened at around 1:30 p.m. when Brice Russell, 24, was riding a motorbike on the National Highway 1A in Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City.
At a section near Long Khanh Town, the driver lost his control and crashed into a roadside trench. The bike caught fire and Russell was burned in his hands and feet.
Passers-by and local police attempted to extinguish the fire and luggage to no avail.
The Australian was admitted to nearby Dau Giay Hospital for first aids before being transferred to Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray Hospital for further treatment.
According to local residents, the accident happened at a dangerous hillside section where they had repeatedly proposed local government to install roadside barriers.
Further investigations are ongoing.
Traffic accidents remain high in Vietnam. Official figures show that last year's traffic accidents killed 8,671 people and injured 20,556 others across the country.

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