Traffic accidents kill 25 people every day in Vietnam

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A nurse cares for a newborn baby who was delivered after his mother was killed in an accident on October 25. His father survived with a broken leg and doctors had to amputate a limb from the baby. File photo A nurse cares for a newborn baby who was delivered after his mother was killed in an accident on October 25. His father survived with a broken leg and doctors had to amputate a limb from the baby. File photo

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Roughly 25 people died in traffic accidents every day this year in Vietnam, according to the latest report from the National Traffic Safety Committee. 
According to the committee's figures, a total of 7,475 people died in traffic accidents nationwide between January and October. 
The stats claimed that 19,937 others were injured in 20,801 traffic accidents, a slight decrease over last year.
A memorial service was held at the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday for victims of traffic accidents nationwide.
The event involved over 3,000 monks, nuns, followers and relatives of traffic accident victims.
Another ceremony will be held at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi on November 16 to commemorate victims of traffic accidents in Vietnam.
The National Traffic Safety Committee will also conduct several visits to the families of victims in tragic accidents in Hanoi,Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Can Tho and Vinh Long.
The agency’s deputy chairman, Khuat Viet Hung, visited traffic accident victims on November 8 at HCMC’s Cho Ray Hospital and gave five families VND5 million each.
The victims included 32-year-old Nguyen Van Nam of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang who suffered a broken leg while driving his pregnant wife to a maternity hospital to give birth on October 25.
His wife, 28-year-old Nguyen Thi Kim Ngoc, died on the spot after their motorbike was struck by a cement truck. Their baby was rescued, but had a limb amputated due to injuries sustained in the accident.
Hung said the ceremonies and visits are being held in advance of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which falls on the third Sunday of November.
 

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