Road accidents are a major cause of death in Vietnam. Photo: iStock.

A police officer in Vietnam has been suspended after he was blamed for an accident that killed two women and badly injured a baby.

Vu Minh Hoang was driving a Ford Ecosport on National Highway 217 at around 3.30pm on May 31 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a motorbike traveling in the opposite direction, VN Express reported.

Trinh Thi Lien and Nguyen Thu Thuy, the two women on the motorbike, were killed on the spot. And an eight-month-old baby boy with them was seriously injured.

Local authorities decided to suspend Vu, who works for the Fire and Rescue Police in Thach Thanh District as a Sub- Lieutenant, from all duties after the fatal collision.

In a previous case, a traffic police officer made headlines in Vietnam after he slammed a police car onto a sidewalk and killed a fruit vendor in Binh Duong province.

In Vietnam, road accidents are one of the leading causes of death. One person dies almost every hour in a car crash. According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, more than 18,720 accidents occurred in 2018, with 8,244 people killed and many more injured.

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