Woman killed, 22 relatives injured as bus plunges off cliff in northern Vietnam

Competent authorities arrived at the scene after the passenger bus ran off the cliff in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on March 3, 2017. - Tuoi Tre

A woman was killed, while 22 of her relatives were injured after a passenger bus ran off a cliff in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on Friday evening.

On Saturday afternoon, three of the severely wounded passengers have been transferred to the Vietnam- Germany Hospital in Hanoi for further treatment while police continue investigating the accident.

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According to an initial report, the 29-seater coach carrying 23 was traveling on a section of National Highway 4D in Tong Sanh Commune, Bat Xat District at around 6:00 pm on Friday, when it plunged off the cliff.

Competent authorities arrived at the scene and brought all passengers to the Lao Cai General Hospital for emergency treatment.

The bus was damaged after the crash. Photo: Tuoi Tre

One passenger, 59-year-old Nguyen Thi Nhung, succumbed from her critical injury, whereas Truong Thi Men, 46, suffered severe wounds in her head and chest.

Men is now under intensive care by doctors at the infirmary, officers said Saturday.

Preliminary information showed that all victims are siblings and relatives who were on their first family trip of the year when the accident took place.

Upon being notified of the accident, vice-chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Khuat Viet Hung has arrived at the scene to direct the assistance for the victims as well as the investigation into the case.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Dac Long, head of the traffic police division under the Lao Cai Department of Police, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday that the bus driver had lost control of the vehicle as it was descending the slope at a high speed.

“After probing the scene and gathering statement from the driver, officers concluded that he was responsible for the accident,” the police official added.

Officers probe the scene of the accident on March 4 ,2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

-Tuoi Tre News

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