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Pile-up on mountain pass after van crashes into median strip in Nha Trang

Monday, August 31, 2020, 14:58 GMT+7
Pile-up on mountain pass after van crashes into median strip in Nha Trang
Multiple vehicles are damaged in a pile-up on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

A van crashed into a median strip on a mountain pass in the south-central Vietnamese city of Nha Trang on Sunday afternoon, causing a serial traffic accident involving multiple vehicles.

The accident occurred on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Phuoc Dong Commune, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province at around 4:30 pm.

The 16-seat passenger van was descending a slope heading for downtown Nha Trang when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the concrete divider, causing the vehicle to overturn, witnesses said.

The incident caused several car drivers behind to slam on their brakes. A concrete mixer truck that did not stop in time bumped into these vehicles, resulting in a pile-up.

The force of the impact led to eight cars being severely damaged.

“We were on the way back to Nha Trang after our vacation. Upon witnessing the accident ahead, we stopped to avoid it. But the concrete mixer truck came and slammed into us at such high speed that we could not escape in time,” the driver of one of the cars said in panic.

Multiple vehicles are damaged in a pile-up on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

Multiple vehicles are damaged in a pile-up on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

The truck only stopped after hitting the edge of the mountain pass.

There were no serious injuries reported. Only three people, including one woman and two children in one of the damaged cars, sustained a few scrapes.

The incident brought about serious congestion along the route.

As of 7:00 pm on Sunday, authorities were still investigating the scene and questioning the people involved to clarify the cause of the accident.

A 16-seat passenger van is on its side after hitting a concrete divider on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

A 16-seat passenger van is on its side after hitting a concrete divider on the Cu Hin mountain pass in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre

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