Traffic accidents claim 58 lives during holidays hinh anh 1Scene of a traffic accident in Vietnam (Photo: VOV)

Hanoi (VNA) - Fifty-eight people died and 58 others were injured in traffic accidents nationwide during the three-day holiday.

Seventy-four road accidents took place nationwide during the National Day holiday from last September 2 to September 4, according to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS)’s Traffic Police General Department.

Of those, twenty-five occured ​on September 4, killing 22 and injuring 16.

Police nationwide handled about 9,200 road safety violations in the last three days, confiscating about 6.4 billion VND (281,600 USD) of fines and 667 driving licenses, seizing 65 cars and 997 motorbikes.

The hotline number of the National Traffic Safety Committee received about 131 phone calls and text messages on transport violations. Most of them were about heavy vehicles carrying more passengers than allowed, increasing fare prices, and causing traffic congestion on routes leading to tourism sites and on national routes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The two most serious accidents took place in the northern Vinh Phuc province on September 2, and central Quang Binh province on September 3.

Two coach buses, one with 16 seats and another with 29 seats, collided at about 12:40 am on September 2 while travelling in the same direction on the stretch of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway running through Vinh Phuc province’s Binh Xuyen Binh Xuyen district.

As the result of the impact, the 16-seat coach bus then struck a 45-seat coach bus that was travelling in the same direction. Eleven passengers were injured, with four of them being hospitalised.

On September 3 morning, a north-to-south train hit a large excavating shovel machine that was crossing the railway some 2km from the Ngan Son train station in central Quang Binh province’s Bo Trach district.

The accident injured the shovel’s driver, the train driver and his assistant, destroying the shovel and damaging the first two cars of the train. All 90 train passengers aboard the train were reported to have been unharmed.-VNA