Traffic accidents in Vietnam claimed 6,800 lives in 2014

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Local police inspect the scene of a traffic accident in the central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Minh Uc Local police inspect the scene of a traffic accident in the central province of Binh Dinh. Photo: Minh Uc

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A total of 18,697 traffic accidents claimed 6,758 lives and injured 17,835 others during the first nine months of the year, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The number of casualties is just 282 lower than last year and the number accidents fell 14.47 percent from 21,861, the report said.

A total of 7,581 road accidents killed 6,604 people and injured 4,380.

Meanwhile, 129 train accidents claimed 111 lives and injured 31 others; 57 waterway accidents claimed 43 and caused 6 injuries.

The board recorded only one less railway fatality compared to the same period in 2013.

The five locations that saw the biggest rise in the number of accidents (in excess of 25 percent) include Vinh Phuc province in the north and Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre provinces--all of which are in the Mekong Delta. 

A national health check on 129,105 drivers employed by local transportation firms found 1,769 drivers did not comply with national standards for the work.

381 of tested positive for drug use, the report said.

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