return icon

Five killed in traffic accident in HCM City

 VietNamNet Bridge – Five people including three Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) from the US were killed in a traffic accident yesterday morning (May 31) on National Highway A in HCM City's Thu Duc District.

VietNamNet Bridge – Five people including three Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) from the US were killed in a traffic accident yesterday morning (May 31) on National Highway A in HCM City's Thu Duc District. Three of them were killed on the spot and the others died after being rushed to Thu Duc District Hospital.




The accident occurred at about 3.30am when a container truck hit the rear and smashed the 7-seat van that had stopped at traffic lights at the intersection in front of the Linh Trung Industrial Park in Thu Duc District's Linh Trung Ward.

Huynh Van Tiep, 55, a cousin of the victims of the accident, who was on 45-seat coach stopping in front of the van, said his cousin's family had rented the coach and the van to take their relatives on a pilgrimage to a pagoda in Dong Nai Province.

Three of the victims on the van were Americans of Vietnamese origin who had returned home three days earlier, Tiep was quoted by VnExpress as saying.

He said the driver of the container truck had shouted: "the brake didn't work", before running away from the site.

The 48-year-old driver of the container truck, Vo Van Rang, presented himself to Thu Duc District police later on Sunday.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, deputy head of HCM City's Board for Traffic Safety, said this was the most serious traffic accident that had occurred in HCM City so far this year.

According to the latest information from the National Traffic Safety Committee, the container truck was driving at 55km per hour. Driver Rang also reportedly told the police that the he had lost his brakes and was unable to stop it.

In a report sent to the Transport Ministry, the Viet Nam Register said that the container truck was due to be serviced the day after the accident. The truck was manufactured in the US and had been checked on March 2.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, chairperson of the National Traffic Safety Committee, visited the victims' families yesterday and asked police to investigate the accident and prosecute those responsible.




Prime Minister hosts China’s Guangxi leader

Red soil dust from Long Thanh Airport blankets homes, puts health at risk

The ongoing construction of Long Thanh Airport has led to an infiltration of red basalt soil dust into nearby residential areas, posing potential health risks for locals.

Hanoi to turn 78 sites into underground public parking lots

Hanoi plans to establish underground public car parks at 78 sites across four central districts, as confirmed by the municipal People's Committee.

Vietnam's economy to grow by 6.6% this year: OECD

Vietnam's economy will grow by 6.6% this year and at a similar rate in 2024, according to a report released on March 31 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Hanoi to build 48 markets and upgrade flower gardens this year

Hanoi has planned to build 48 new markets and upgrade 11 flower gardens and one park this year.

Vietnam spends $2.72 billion to import seafood, foreign crab floods market

Imported seafood is no longer the food of the rich. Vietnamese are consuming more seafood from Japan, Australia, South Korea and Canada.

Some key interest rates fall further early next week

The State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank, announced five separate decisions on March 31 to further lower some key interest rates, with effect from April 3. This is the second round of rate cuts in March.

Professor wants to connect local and international science communities

Vietnamese-born Professor Nguyen Thuc Quyen from University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-chair of the VinFuture Prize Pre-screening Committee, said she wants to connect Vietnam's and the world's scientific communities more closely.

Beautiful Tra Su melaleuca forest featured in movies

Tra Su has been recognized by the Guinness World Records Organization as the most beautiful Melaleuca Forest in Vietnam.

Blooming Central Highlands coffee flowers attract visitors

Coffee flowers are in full bloom across some Central Highlands provinces during spring, attracting many visitors.

Vietnamese and the ‘becoming old before getting rich’ fear

The long queues of people waiting for their turn to get lump sum benefits at social insurance agencies since 2021 reflects the situation of many laborers two years after the pandemic outbreak.

Development pace picking up in energy

Wealthy foreign investors in energy are expanding their long-term strategies in Vietnam while many ongoing projects that missed the feed-in tariff deadline are struggling to find a revenue balance.

Van Phong EZ to become high-end tourism-entertainment center

Van Phong Economic Zone (EZ) in the central province of Khanh Hoa will be developed into a high-end tourism and entertainment service center and be internationally competitive.

Landslides in Mekong Delta increasingly serious

Landslides in many localities in the Mekong Delta have been increasingly serious in recent years, occuring all year round.

Kinks to iron out to prepare for British involvement in trans-pacific agreement

The United Kingdom’s efforts to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are being seconded by Vietnam, but various issues persist involving other members.