The gate of an elementary school suddenly collapsed, killing three students while injuring three other children in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on Monday afternoon.
A group of students were playing at the gate of Ban Phung Elementary School in Khanh Yen Thuong Commune, located in Lao Cai’s Van Ban District, at around 1:30 pm on Monday when the incident happened, Nguyen Thi Tram, the commune’s Party chief, confirmed.
“While the children were clinging playfully onto the school gate, it suddenly fell down onto them,” Tram said.
Three of the students died on the spot while three were injured and rushed to the hospital, according to Tram.
The three deceased students included two first-graders and one preschooler, according to Nguyen Manh Thanh, head of the Bureau of Education and Training in Van Ban District.
“The health of the three injured children has stabilized,” Tram said, adding that provincial and district leaders and officials had visited the school right after the incident to give directions in resolving its consequences.
The leaders and officials also visited and paid condolences to the families of the deceased children, according to Tram.
“The case is being investigated,” the commune-level Party chief said.