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Driver killed, 11-yo girl injured as car plunges off cliff in northern Vietnam

Driver killed, 11-yo girl injured as car plunges off cliff in northern Vietnam

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:45 GMT+7
Driver killed, 11-yo girl injured as car plunges off cliff in northern Vietnam
The site of accident in the northern Vietnamese province of Son La on March 18, 2019. Photo: Tung Minh / Tuoi Tre

One man was killed and an 11-year-old girl seriously injured after their car ran off a 400-meter cliff in the northern Vietnamese province of Son La on early Monday morning.

The accident occurred along a section of National Highway 6 in Chieng Hac Commune, Moc Chau District, at around 1:00 am, according to district police officers.

The car carrying two people was traveling in the direction from Son La to Hanoi when it crashed into the road fencing and plunged off a cliff about 400 meters deep.

The vehicle hit a lot of large rocks as it landed and was heavily distorted.

Nguyen Cong Hung, the 36-year-old driver, was killed on the spot, while Dang Thi Thu Huyen, 11, was found unconscious with severe injuries by first responders.

The car is heavily damaged following the crash. Photo: Tung Minh / Tuoi Tre
The car is heavily damaged following the crash. Photo: Tung Minh / Tuoi Tre

Huyen was brought to the hospital for emergency treatment and her health condition has stabilized.

Despite some difficulties, competent authorities have been able to salvage the car from the rock-filled cliff.

Further investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.

The driver was possible fatigued and sleepy prior to the crash, according to preliminary information.

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