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One dead as drunk BMW driver rams five motorbikes at Saigon’s busy intersection

Multiple motorbikes are seen at the scene of accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
Multiple motorbikes are seen at the scene of accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.

A female driver under the influence of alcohol crashed her BMW into multiple motorbikes waiting for traffic lights at one of the busiest intersections in Ho Chi Minh City late Sunday night, claiming one life and leaving many others injured.

The incident at the Hang Xanh Intersection in Binh Thanh District took place at around 11:10 pm, when the driver lost control of her vehicle as she was heading from Dien Bien Phu Bridge to Saigon Bridge.

The car rammed into five motorbikes at the traffic lights and did not come to a complete halt until after it crashed a taxi.

One motorbike driver was killed on the spot, while many others were hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Multiple motorbikes are seen at the scene of accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
Multiple motorbikes are seen at the scene of accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.

The BMW driver locked herself in the car for a while after the incident, before she was taken to a local police station for a breath test and investigation.

The driver was identified as Nguyen Thi Nga, 46, a District 12 resident, Huynh Van Cuong, head of the Hang Xanh traffic police unit at 11:55 pm.

Nga admitted to police officers that she had drunk heavily during a party at a restaurant on Pasteur Street, and that she was too drunk and drowsy to be able to control the vehicle.

Nga is in custody at Binh Thanh police.

The scene of incident was blocked until 1:30 am on Monday morning.

The BMW is seen after the accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
The BMW is seen after the accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
The BMW is seen after the accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
The BMW is seen after the accident in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018.
The BMW driver Nguyen Thi Nga.
The BMW driver Nguyen Thi Nga.
Nga is taken to the police station.
Nga is taken to the police station.