The bus is towed out of the scene after hitting a truck on Monday. Photo credit: Son Duong/VnExpress
Two people were killed and 17 others were injured after a bus crashed into a truck on the Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressway in Hanoi on Monday evening.
The incident happened at around 8:30 p.m. on a section in Thuong Tin District when the 45-seater bus suddenly lost control and ran into the truck ahead of it. Both vehicles crashed into roadside barriers.
“Dozens of people inside the overturned bus cried for help. Many were injured. Blood was everywhere,” a witness said.
Two people on the bus died while 17 others were taken to Bach Mai Hospital with injuries, a traffic police officer said, without mentioning the bus driver’s condition.
The truck driver had his leg broken.
A crane truck arrived at the scene to tow the vehicles to the police station for further investigation.
In another crash yesterday, a bus carrying ceramic tiles collided with a passenger bus and a car on National Highway 18 near the Bai Chay Bridge in Quang Ninh Province at around 9:30 p.m.
A man on the passenger bus was killed while three others were injured.
Police said the bus that was carrying ceramic tiles was too old and the owner had illegally removed the seats to carry construction materials, they said.
According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, there have been more than 20,600 traffic accidents nationwide so far this year, killing 7,971 people and injuring 18,883 others. Fatalities remain above 24 on a daily basis.
Most tragic accidents involved cars, buses and trucks but a majority of cases involved motorbikes.
So far this year, more than 2.6 million motorbikes and 288,000 new cars have been registered nationwide, bringing the number of vehicles to 44 million motorbikes and 2.63 million cars.