A sedan ran a red light and plunged into 17 motorbike drivers at an intersection in Tay Ho District on Wednesday, injuring some 20 people including children.
The car, driven by Hoang Ho Vinh, 63, did not stop at the intersection of Vo Chi Cong and Xuan La Roads at around 4 p.m. and the vehicle then careened at full speed into a group of motorbike waiting at the red light on
the other side of the street.
Vo Chi Cong is one of the two main roads connecting the Noi Bai International Airport with downtown Hanoi. It is often busy during rush hour.
The car then turned left onto Xuan La Street, dragging two motorbikes and some motorists underneath its chassis, according to witnesses.
Motorbikes are seen on top of each other after the accident. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
“Everything happened so fast. The car hit many motorbikes and there were terrifying sounds. Hundreds of people were screaming,” said witness Trong Nam, who added that there were children among the victims.
Victims’ personal belongings were seen scattered all over the street after the accident as the injured were taken to hospitals by local residents and emergency personnel.
Personal belongings fall on the road as the victims are taken into hospitals. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi police did not find any signs of alcohol or drug consumption on Vinh, who was shaking and crying outside his vehicle at the scene.
The accident happened at rush hour and caused traffic jams in the surrounding area within a radius of 1.5 kilometers around the scene.
Hanoi Heart Hospital No. 2 on Vo Chi Cong Road received around 20 people injured in the accident. One child was severely injured and has been transferred to the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital.
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