The scene of a traffic accident. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - A total of 55 traffic accidents occurred during the two-day national holiday on April 30 and May 1, the National Traffic Safety Committee has reported.

The accidents killed 33 people and injured 53, the committee said.

On May 1 alone, there were 21 accidents, including railway mishaps, in which 12 people were killed and 20 were injured.

However, the number of traffic accidents dropped by 5 percent compared with the same period last year, the committee said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Truong Hoa Binh has asked the Ministry of Police, the Ministry of Transport, the traffic safety committees of provinces and cities and the relevant offices to take measures to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the coming days.

The traffic police have also been asked to ensure order to avoid congestion in the cities on May 2 and 3 as people return to work, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA