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Two die as bus slams into trailer truck on Vietnamese expressway

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 10:48 GMT+7
Two die as bus slams into trailer truck on Vietnamese expressway
A fire-gutted bus is seen behind a trailer truck along the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway in southern Vietnam on July 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A long-haul bus smashed into a slow-moving trailer truck on a major freeway in southern Vietnam on Saturday, killing two people and causing an hours-long traffic tie-up.

At around 4:20 am, a 16-seater bus rear-ended a trailer truck that was stopping along the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway section in Ho Chi Minh City’s neighbor Dong Nai Province, according to a report by the Vietnam Expressway Services Joint Stock Company, which operates the 56-kilometer-long route.

The crash killed the bus driver and a female passenger while leaving the vehicle consumed by fire, which then licked the container.

The estimated damage was worth around VND300 million (US$13,200), the company said.

The accident also led to a blockage on one carriageway of National Route 51, which intersects with the expressway, until 11:00 am on the same day.

Authorities in Dong Nai Province said the incident stemmed from the bus driver’s heedlessness of traffic risks and carelessness in overtaking.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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