Bizarre accident in Vietnam as driver passes out

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A car plowed into a medical equipment shop in Ho Chi Minh City Monday after its South Korean driver possibly fainted at seeing a fire break out in its hood. One person was injured.

Witnesses said the car, driven by Ham Deok Yoong, 48, was heading from Tan Binh District to District 11, when the fire began.

It wobbled its way down Ly Thuong Kiet Street before crashing into the shop, they said, adding that the fire then flared up.

Locals extinguished the blaze, and the driver, who had fainted, was rushed to hospital along with a shop assistant who was injured by shards from glass cabinets.

Police are investigating.


Vietnam PM wants quick conclusions on vehicle fires

In 2010 and 2011 Vietnam saw 324 vehicle fires and explosions, mainly in cars, of which only 209 have been solved so far. Many more cases have been reported this year.

In June Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered concerned agencies to speed up investigations to quickly determine the cause of the remaining fires.

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