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Dozens injured as passenger bus topples in south-central Vietnam

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 09:29 GMT+7
Dozens injured as passenger bus topples in south-central Vietnam
A crane lifts a passenger bus from a paddy field after an accident in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on January 26, 2020. Photo: Pham Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Over 20 people were injured when a passenger bus toppled in the south-central province of Phu Yen late Saturday.

The bus was carrying 46 passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to the central province of Quang Ngai on the National Highway 1 when it plunged into a roadside paddy field in Phu Yen’s Chi Thanh Town and toppled at 9:45 pm.

No other vehicle was involved in the incident, the local police said.

The driver, 49-year-old Thai Tan Khoa, was left with a broken leg while dozens of the passengers were also injured.

A total of 21 victims were admitted to the Phu Yen Province General Hospital for treatment of their wounds on the same evening, the hospital’s deputy director Dr. Nguyen Nhu Y confirmed with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday.

“Five of them, including three who sustained traumatic brain injuries, have been transferred to the Binh Dinh Province General Hospital,” Y said.

“The others suffered from minor and non-life threatening wounds.”

A victim of a passenger bus accident is treated at a medical center in Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on January 26, 2020. Photo: Pham Thanh / Tuoi Tre
A victim of a passenger bus accident is treated at a medical center in Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on January 26, 2020. Photo: Pham Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Several others with less severe injuries were treated at a medical center in Phu Yen’s Tuy An District, according to Tuy An Chairman Bui Van Thanh.

Phu Yen Chairman Pham Dai Duong said on Sunday he had directed relevant authorities to investigate the accident.

According to Duong, no street lights are installed at the site of the accident, which has been a traffic crash hotspot.

The province has requested that the Ministry of Transport take measures to improve the street’s safety, Duong said.

A passenger bus is on its side after it plunged into a roadside paddy field and toppled in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on January 26, 2020. Photo: Pham Thanh / Tuoi Tre
A passenger bus is on its side after it plunged into a roadside paddy field and toppled in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam on January 26, 2020. Photo: Pham Thanh / Tuoi Tre

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