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At least 8 killed in coach-truck collision in south-central Vietnam

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 14:34 GMT+7
At least 8 killed in coach-truck collision in south-central Vietnam
A coach is deformed after crashing into a truck along National Highway No. 1 in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

At least eight people were killed and many others wounded after a coach crashed into a truck in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan early on Tuesday morning.

The head-on accident occurred along a section of National Highway No. 1 in Tan Duc Commune, Ham Tan District at around 1:00 am.

Le Thanh Truc was driving a coach carrying his assistant and 15 passengers when he slammed the vehicle into a truck, which was steered by 29-year-old Phan Thanh Tung moving in the opposite direction.

Six passengers on the coach were killed on the spot, while two others succumbed to their wounds at the hospital.

Seven people, including the drivers of both vehicles, were injured following the crash.

Traffic congestion occurred along the route as police officers examined the crash site.

The front of a truck is damaged following a collision with a coach in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

The front of a truck is damaged following a collision with a coach in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, head of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, has requested authorities in Binh Thuan to promptly provide support to the victims and investigate the cause of the accident.

Khuat Viet Hung, deputy head of the committee, has also arrived in Binh Thuan to visit the victims and assist in the investigation.

Officers examine a crash site along National Highway No. 1 in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuc / Tuoi Tre

Officers examine a crash site along National Highway No. 1 in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuc / Tuoi Tre

Data from the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam showed that the coach was traveling at 69 kilometers per hour while the truck was running at 23 kilometers per hour immediately prior to the crash.

Local officials have provided support worth VND2 million (US$86) to each injured victim and VND5 million ($215) to every deceased victim.

An ambulance arrives to help victims in a crash between a coach and a truck in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuc / Tuoi Tre

An ambulance arrives to help victims in a crash between a coach and a truck in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, July 21, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuc / Tuoi Tre

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