The rehearsal in Ca Pass tunnel. (Photo: VNA)

Phu Yen (VNA) – The Deo Ca (Ca Pass) management and operation company under the Deo Ca Investment JSC organised a fire rehearsal on February 5 in Ca Pass tunnel linking the central coastal provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa.

The drill was carried out based on a simulated situation that a truck caught fire due to an electrical short circuit while carrying rubber tyres inside the tunnel in the direction from Phu Yen to Khanh Hoa.

The burnt truck blocked all the traffic in the west side of the tunnel, and the fire also injured the truck’s driver and assistant.

Upon detecting the fire, the tunnel’s Monitoring Centre decided to close both gates, preventing other means of transport entering the tunnel. Firemen and rescue force were sent to the site to put the fire under control and rescue the victims.

The fire was extinguished and the tunnel was re-opened after 20 minutes.

The fire drill is part of the plan to ensure safety for Ca Pass, particularly when the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday nears.

The Ca Pass tunnel stretches over 13 kilometres, including two bi-tube tunnels- Ca Pass tunnel (4.1 kilometres in length) and Co Ma tunnel (500 metre). Each tunnel has two sides, each of which has two lanes for vehicles travelling in the same direction at the speed of 80 kilometres per hour.

The tunnel helps solve traffic congestion, enhance traffic safety through Ca Pass and connect the two provinces to boost socio-economic development.-VNA