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Traffic accidents kill 183, injure 241 during Tet
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Traffic accidents kill 183, injure 241 during Tet

The Saigon Times Daily

A seven-seat car is badly deformed due to a fatal crash that killed three people and injured five others in Thanh Hoa Province’s Hoang Hoa District on February 8 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - The nation saw 276 traffic accidents during the nine-day Tet holiday, which left 183 people dead and 241 others injured, the local media reported, citing a report from the office of the Ministry of Public Security.

Road traffic accidents accounted for 274 cases, killing 181 people and injuring 241, while the remaining two incidents were railway traffic accidents that killed two. Meanwhile, no waterway traffic accidents were recorded.

Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, told the local media on February 10 that 28 road traffic accidents had occurred that day, claiming 22 lives and injuring 19 people.

Earlier, a serious crash between a car and a passenger coach occurred on the National Highway 1A section in Hoang Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province on February 8. Consequently, three people in the car died and five others were injured.

From the 28th day of the final lunar month to the 4th day of the first lunar month, the number of traffic accidents dropped by 46 cases compared with those recorded in the same period last year. The nine-day holiday saw an average of 20 fatalities daily, caused by traffic accidents, down 28% versus the year-ago period.

In addition, over 45,000 cases in need of emergency medical checkups and treatment due to traffic accidents were recorded during the holiday, according to a report using raw data released by the Medical Services Administration, under the Ministry of Health. Of these, over 16,000 patients remain in hospitals for treatment, while more than 180 people have been declared dead at hospitals or while en route to hospitals.

The number of traffic accidents was relatively high on national and provincial roads, as well as in rural areas, with motorbike users accounting for the majority. The accidents were caused mostly by violations of traffic safety regulations, especially among residents in the outskirts and rural areas, with common violations being exceeding the speed limit, drunk driving, driving without helmets or changing lanes without using signals.

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