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Passenger bus with burst tire slams into house in Nha Trang

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 15:50 GMT+7
Passenger bus with burst tire slams into house in Nha Trang
The passenger bus is seen after crashing into a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

A long-haul bus crashed into and destroyed a house in Nha Trang, the coastal capital of the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa, as one of its tires abruptly went flat, sending the vehicle barreling into the building on Thursday morning.

No one was in the house at the time of the incident that unfolded at around 6:15 am, when the 40-seater bus veered off National Route 1 in the resort city’s Vinh Luong Commune, according to eyewitness accounts.

The bus caused a wall of the building to collapse before ending up overturned, a witness said.

One of the passengers, Le Xuan Thanh, said one of the vehicle’s tires burst after it had run for a short distance from a gas station with its tank filled.

An overturned passenger bus lies next to house rubble after one of its tires goes flat in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre
An overturned passenger bus lies next to house rubble after one of its tires went flat in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

The driver suffered a broken leg and was taken to hospital together with 26 passengers, according to Nguyen Van Dan, director of the transport department in Khanh Hoa Province.

Local police attributed the incident to a flat rear tire that made the bus hurtle out of control.

The scene at a house hit by a passenger bus in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre
The scene at a house hit by a passenger bus in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre
Two of the bus’s wheels are seen after it slams into a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre
Two of the bus wheels are seen after it slammed into a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre
The passenger bus is seen after crashing into a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre
The passenger bus is seen after crashing into a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre
Injured passengers lie in beds at a hospital in Khanh Hoa Province, southcentral Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thanh Truc / Tuoi Tre
Injured passengers lie in bed at a hospital in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thanh Truc / Tuoi Tre
Police work at the scene where the passenger bus hits a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre
Police work at the scene where the passenger bus hit a house in Nha Trang City, south-central Vietnam, February 14, 2019. Photo: Thai Thinh / Tuoi Tre

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