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Traffic accidents kill 21 on first day of Tet
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Traffic accidents kill 21 on first day of Tet

The Saigon Times Daily

Traffic is heavy on Binh Trieu Bridge leading to Mien Dong Coach Station in HCMC as people rush to come back to their hometowns to enjoy the Tet holiday - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - The country saw 26 road traffic accidents on February 2, the first day of the Tet holiday, claiming the lives of 21 people and injuring 11 others, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported, citing the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Comparing with the first day of the last Tet holiday, the numbers of accidents and fatalities are up four cases and one person, while the number of injuries is down by 17 people.

On February 1, a serious accident happened on a section of National Highway 1 in the central province of Quang Tri, killing a student.

On the same day, a seven-seat car crashed into seven motorcycles and a woman standing on the pavement in the northern mountainous province of Son La, leaving one dead, another injured and several vehicles damaged. Witnesses said that the car was running at a high speed when it caused the accident.

On February 2, traffic police officers tackled nearly 3,700 violation cases, seizing 32 cars and 52 motorcycles, revoking 559 driving licenses and imposing fines of over VND3.6 billion.

Meanwhile, there were 385 violation cases on waterways. Violators had to pay a total fine of VND343 million.

According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, the gateways to HCMC and Hanoi still suffer from traffic congestion as many people are heading back to their homes to enjoy the holiday.

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