Vietnam's 1st elevated highway sees fatal crash soon after inauguration

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This motorbike collided with a car on an elevated highway in Hanoi that had been opened to traffic just a few hours earlier Sunday. Its rider was killed on the spot after falling to the ground below through a gap between lanes.

Just 10 hours after the opening of Vietnam's first elevated highway in Hanoi, a man fell off it and died following a collision between his motorbike and a car, Dan Tri reported Monday.

The news website quoted official agencies as saying that the accident on the Mai Dich Linh Dam overpass occurred because the man not only rode a motorbike on a highway restricted to cars and trucks, but also rode on the wrong side.

The victim, in his 30s, crashed into a Toyota car and fell five meters to the ground below through a narrow gap between two lanes. He died on the spot.

Police are investigating.

Earlier that day the Ministry of Transport had organized a ceremony to inaugurate the four-lane nine-kilometer freeway.

Its construction began in June 2010, and its VND5.5 trillion (US$260.26 million) cost was provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency as an ODA loan.

It is part of the Beltway III, a key highway connecting traffic hubs in the city with those in neighboring localities like Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong city.

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