Man killed, dozens injured in crashes on way home for Tet

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One person was killed and more than 30 people were injured in three separate accidents on National Highway 1A as people rushed home Friday for the Tet Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Sunday.

In the first case in the central province of Quang Ngai, driver’s assistant Nguyen Minh Hieu, 47, from Nam Dinh Province in the north, was killed on the spot as his northbound bus hit a four-seat car driving the opposite direction before it then hit a freezer truck.

Six were injured include all three in the car: driver Le Van Tuan from the nearby Quang Nam Province, his wife Pham Thi Thu Hang and their 3-year-old child Le Xuan Hac. Tuan is under treatment at a local hospital.

The bus driver was unharmed and his name has not been released.

Quang Ngai transport and traffic safety departments gave VND2 million (US$108) to Hieu’s family and VND1 million to each injured person.

Up north in Ha Tinh Province, 25 passengers were rushed to hospital at around 5a.m. Friday after their bus suddenly slid off the road and turned over when the driver fell asleep and lost control.

The bus started off Wednesday carrying 50 workers from industrial zones in Binh Duong Province and neighboring Ho Chi Minh City. They were all traveling home to the north for Tet.

“I was sleeping and suddenly I heard a large bang. The bus dove and my body was turned upside down. When I woke up, I felt pain and I couldn’t move my leg… it had been broken,” said Le Thi Duyen, a garment worker from Binh Duong on the way to Thai Nguyen Province.

Doctors at Ha Tinh General Hospital, which received the victims, said four of them were in critical condition, including the driver Le Quang Luu and bus owner Pham Van Si.

Later, at around 10:30 a.m. in the Mekong Delta’s Vinh Long Province, a bus crashed into three motorbikes and a car, Tuoi Tre reported.

The five vehicles were badly damaged and all three motorists were injured, one severely.

Local residents said the bus was climbing My Thuan Bridge when it swerved left to hit three motorbikes from the opposite direction before continuing to hit another car.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Reported by Hien Cu, Truong Hoa

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