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One student killed, 12 injured by falling tree in schoolyard in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 12:41 GMT+7
One student killed, 12 injured by falling tree in schoolyard in Ho Chi Minh City
A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020 in this supplied photo.

One middle school student was killed and 12 others injured after they were hit by an uprooted tree on the premises of their school in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday morning.

The accident occurred at around 6:15 am at Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, according to Nguyen Van Phuc, the school’s principal.

The royal Poinciana tree was uprooted and fell onto 13 sixth-grade students, Phuc said.

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020 in this supplied photo.

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020 in this supplied photo.

Three ambulances were immediately dispatched to the school to take the victims to the hospital following the incident, according to eyewitnesses.

Most of the victims were admitted to Children’s Hospital 2 in District 1, while one of them was brought to An Sinh Hospital in Phu Nhuan District.

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

As of 8:40 am the same day, Nguyen Duy Long, director of the city's 115 Emergency Center, confirmed that the student at An Sinh Hospital had passed away.

Three students treated at Children’s Hospital 2 remained in a serious condition, Long added.

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A royal Poinciana tree is uprooted on the premises of Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc has ordered the municipal Department of Education and Training and relevant agencies to investigate the accident.

Officials will visit the victims and their families to provide necessary assistance.

Police arrive at Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Police arrive at Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Police arrive at Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Police arrive at Bach Dang Middle School in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 26, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

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