Road accidents during the six days of the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival starting on February 2 resulted in 288 persons being killed and 359 others injured.

According to preliminary statistics released by the Railways and Road Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, 373 road accidents were recorded during the period, 24 cases less than last year.

Almost all the victims of traffic accidents were found to have alcohol in their blood.

The most serious accident occurred on February 6 in the southern city of Dong Nai when a train on the North-South route ploughed into four taxies, 1 car and one van. The accident killed two people and injured 26 others.

In Ho Chi Minh City, traffic accidents saw a decrease compared to last year, but the number of fires increased to 22, with half caused by burning incense./.