Truck crashes into passenger bus in southern Vietnam, killing 10

November 7th, 2011 - 6:23 pm ICT by BNO News  

HANOI (BNO NEWS) — At least ten people were killed on early Monday morning when a truck lost control and crashed into two passenger buses in southern Vietnam, police said. More than 20 others were seriously injured.

The accident happened at around 2 a.m. local time on the 1A highway in Binh Thuan province, which is located on the country’s South Central coast. Police said a truck was involved in a minor collision with a bus traveling in the opposite direction before losing control and crashing into a second bus.

There were no reports of casualties on the first bus, but the second bus burst into flames, killing eight people at the scene and two others while they were being rushed to a local hospital. Some of the victims, which included both the truck and the bus driver, were burnt beyond recognition.

In addition to the fatalities, officials said twenty-one people were seriously injured in the accident. Police believe the truck driver was speeding when the truck entered the wrong lane for unknown reasons, causing the accident.

Traffic accidents in Vietnam kill nearly 13,000 people a year and injure more than 10,000 others, according to police figures which show the casualty numbers have risen sharply since 2000. More than 30 percent of road traffic deaths in 2007 involved alcohol.

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