Taxi drives head down to city hole

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A Ho Chi Minh City cab fell, grill first, into a hole on Tuesday after the street collapsed due to underground excavation.

A sizeable section of Le Van Sy street suddenly collapsed under the weight of a Vinasun 7-seater as the cab drove down the street. The driver Nguyen Van Tinh, 30, jumped out before his vehicle sank into a watery sludge.

Luckily, Tinh's cab was empty at the time.

The sinkhole had been filled temporarily ten days prior to the incident after contractors on the city's major environmental hygiene project discovered a series of underground telephone cables on site.

A heavy rain loosened the clumsy fill leaving poor support for automotive traffic.

Vinasun said it won't bring the contractors or the city Transport Department to court as long as the contractors compensate the company VND50 million (US$2,560), Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Thursday.

The hygiene project, which has involved massive excavations for the installation of sewage pipes, has left many parts of the city streets in poor condition.

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