HCMC VP seriously injured as car flips on highway

The car carrying HCMC Vice President Le Hoa Binh returns to HCMC-Trung Luong highway on March 29, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Van Dinh

Le Hoa Binh, vice chairman of HCMC People’s Committee, was seriously injured after his car punctured a tire and overturned on HCMC – Trung Luong highway on Tuesday.

Binh was on his way from the city to the Mekong Delta when the accident happened around 7:20 a.m., said Senior Colonel Dong Thai Chien, deputy head of the Department of Road Traffic Control and Supervision.

The car crashed into the highway separation wall before overturning.

Binh was taken to Long An Provincial General Hospital for treatment, while the driver of the car and Binh’s secretary, who were also traveling with him in the SUV, escaped without serious injury.

Dr. Huynh Minh Phuc, director of Long An’s health department, said Binh was not breathing and his heart stopped when he was hospitalized.

The car carrying HCMC Vice President Le Hoa Binh is damaged after overturning on the HCMC - Trung Luong highway on March 29, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Diep

The car carrying HCMC Vice President Le Hoa Binh is damaged after overturning on the HCMC – Trung Luong highway on March 29, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Diep

The HCMC – Trung Luong highway is the only highway connecting the city to the Mekong Delta. Since January 2019, when the toll stopped, traffic has increased by 30% and more than 200 accidents have occurred along the road.

A native of central Quang Ngai province, Binh, 52, became vice president for the 2021-26 term last December.

As vice president, he is in charge of urban planning, management and development, land, resource and environmental management, traffic, transport, water supply and drainage. In 2014, he served as deputy director of the city’s construction department, and then was elected. to the Party Committee for the 2015-2020 term.

The accident happened while he was traveling to Ben Tre province to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Rach Mieu 2 bridge which will link Ben Tre and Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta.

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