Truck crushes street sweeper in Saigon River tunnel

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Police examine the site where a truck crashes into cleaning workers inside the Saigon River Tunnel on April 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of HCMC Police Police examine the site where a truck crashes into cleaning workers inside the Saigon River Tunnel on April 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of HCMC Police

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A street sweeper was killed in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday night and four of his colleagues were injured after a truck hit them when they were working in the Thu Thiem tunnel under the Saigon River.
Pham Thanh Phong, 35, was crushed between the 1.5-ton truck and a street cleaning vehicle and died soon after being hospitalized.
The truck driver fled after the collision at around 11:30 p.m.
The police said the truck had run into several warning signs about cleaners at work before hitting them.
Traffic on the District 2 side of the tunnel was blocked for three hours.
City workers clean the tunnel every night, but this was the first deadly accident reported since it opened to traffic in 2011. The tunnel under the river is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and the first in Vietnam.

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