A 44-year-old woman died after falling into an open manhole at a construction site in Ho Chi Minh City last Saturday, online newspaper VnExpress reported.
Huynh Thi Ngoc Hien took a false step and fell into the manhole of a drainage project along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal (near Le Van Sy Bridge) in District 3 at around 9 p.m. on February 18.
Customers in nearby eateries rushed to the site but no one dared jumped into the drain to save her as the manhole was small and deep, according to Nguyen Nhu Ngoc, a resident.
Thirty minutes later, police showed up and pulled Hien out of the drain but she was dead.
Ngoc said the manhole previously had a concrete cover that broke when it was run over by a truck.
After Ngoc warned construction workers of the open manhole, the workers covered the manhole with thin wooden planks.
However, they did not erect any barriers or warning signs around the manhole, he said.
"That night, Hien stepped on the manhole, breaking the planks and falling into the drain," Ngoc recalled.
Following the accident, the Hung Vuong Construction Company the contractor of the drainage project erected barriers and warning signs around the manhole.
HCMC authorities are yet to affix responsibility for the resident's death.