Traffic accidents claim 79 lives during holidays hinh anh 1A multi-car collision occurs on a highway in Yen Bai province, which injures two (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – A total of 79 people were killed and 76 others were injured in 133 traffic accidents nationwide during the four-day holiday from April 30 to May 3, according to Vice Chairman of the National Committee on Traffic Safety Khuat Viet Hung.

The number of accidents rose by 18 cases compared to the same period last year, while the figures for deaths and injuries each declined by two.

The causes of the accidents included drink driving, people using the wrong lanes and speeding. 

Congestion was witnessed in gateways to major cities, especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, on the first and last days of the holiday, as well as roads leading to tourist destinations.

Relevant agencies plan to bolster inspections and fines for traffic violations as economic activities gradually return to normal and students return to school, as well as the start of the summer vacation and rainy season./.