Saigon’s Thu Thiem tunnel has been reopened

The Thu Thiem Tunnel in Saigon has been reopened to traffic following a temporary closure today early morning.

The tunnel was shutdown after a truck crashed into scaffolding at the entrance of the tunnel in District 2.

According to a report on VNS, the incident caused the scaffolding to collapse and a motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle. The rider was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. Local police is now searching for the driver, who fled the scene after the incident.

The accident caused traffic to grind to a halt for 5 hours in surrounding areas, including on Nguyen Co Thach Street, Thu Thiem Bridge, Nguyen Huu Canh Street and Ton Duc Thang street.

Work to clear the road began quickly on Monday morning | Source: VNS

The tunnel, running under the Saigon River, which is 1.49km long, 33m wide and 9m high. The tunnel links the new urban area of Thu Thiem in District 2 with downtown Saigon in District 1.

It has six lanes which can carry around 45,000 automobiles and 15,000 motorcycles daily.

 

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