Three traffic policemen killed in Vietnam highway accident

By Ha An - Nam Anh, Thanh Nien News

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A Toyota Rav4 belonging to Hanoi police was distorted in a high-speed collision accident. Photo: Nam Anh

A police car apparently traveling 160km (100 miles) per hour on a highway with a 120 kph (75 mph) speed limit crashed into a dump truck outside Hanoi Saturday, killing three officers inside.

Two other officers were injured in the accident, which took place at around 1:15pm on a section of the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway in Ha Nam Province.

Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, Hanoi’s traffic police chief, said the official vehicle (a Toyota Rav4) was traveling from Ninh Binh Province to Hanoi when it "lost control and crashed into the truck in front of it."

According to Hanoi traffic police, the police’s car was surveying the Hanoi – Ninh Binh route to prepare for the Buddhist festival of Vesak which was scheduled to be held in Ninh Binh from May 7-11.

Tien Phong newspaper reported that the deceased officers were Captain Nguyen Duy Hung, Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Hieu Ngoc and Lieutenant Nguyen Duc Tai.

Lt. Ha Quang Hung underwent emergency brain surgery, while Lt. Le Anh Tuan was treated for severe leg injuries. Tien Phong quoted an unnamed source as saying that Tuan was driving the car when the accident happened. 

According to Tien Phong, the highway traffic cameras showed the police car had travelled 35 kilometers in 13 minutes prior to the accident.

In another accident, three policemen died and two others were injured after their car’s wheel exploded on May 1 on the National Highway 6 in Son La Province, forcing the vehicle to roll over several times.

The officers, of the Ministry of Public Security, were on the way to Dien Bien Province for the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory.

In total, 117 people died in traffic accidents in Vietnam during a five-day holiday to celebrate the reunification of the country 39 years ago.
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