Three dead, one injured in HCMC car accident

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Three people were killed and one was seriously injured in a car accident that took place in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 on Saturday.

At around 10 p.m., a Toyota Fortuner traveling from Binh Thanh District to District 1 on Nguyen Huu Canh Street crashed into the street barrier and encroached into the lane for vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, leading to a head-on collision with a Hyundai sedan.

Another Toyota Fortuner, driven by a man named Dang Le Minh, traveling on the road could not avoid the first Toyota Fortuner and crashed into it.

There were four people inside the Hyundai: Tran Thi Bich Lien, 40, Tran Van Phan, Lien's 75-year-old father, Nguyen Chi Trung, Lien's 16-year-old son, and Nguyen Chi Hieu, Lien's nine-year-old son.

Lien, Phan and Trung died four hours later at a local hospital. Hieu is being treated with serious injuries.

Minh sustained minor injuries.

Nguyen Vu Thong, the 30-year-old driver of the Toyota Fortuner that caused the accident, fled the scene and turned himself into police at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Thong told the police he had drunk beer before driving and causing the accident. The Toyota Fortuner belonged to his company.

All three cars were badly damaged in the accident.

According to eyewitnesses, the Toyota Fortuner was speeding when it crashed into the street barrier.

Thong is being detained for investigation.

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