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Five dead as car hits motorbikes, plunges off bridge in north-central Vietnam

Five dead as car hits motorbikes, plunges off bridge in north-central Vietnam

Monday, October 05, 2020, 12:29 GMT+7
Five dead as car hits motorbikes, plunges off bridge in north-central Vietnam
Authorities investigate the crash site on a suspension bridge in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, October 4, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Five people have been killed after an automobile crashed into a motorbike and plunged off a bridge in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.

Preliminary information showed that the accident happened at around 8:00 pm on Sunday along a suspension bridge that connects Thanh Lien and Phong Thinh Communes in Thanh Chuong District.

The car, whose driver has yet to be identified, was carrying three people when it collided with two people on a motorcycle crossing the bridge.

The automobile then slammed into the fence of the bridge and dropped into the Giang River.

One of the two people on the motorbike was also thrown into the water, while the other suffered critical injuries and was brought to the hospital for emergency treatment.

Rescuers promptly arrived but they faced a lot of challenges as there was no electricity in the location.

The bodies of the three victims in the car were found at 10:20 pm the same day.

The remains of the man on the motorbike were brought ashore 20 minutes later.

At 11:00 pm, the other victim on the motorcycle succumbed to their injuries.

The car was salvaged at midnight.

A suspension bridge is sealed off following an accident in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, October 4, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A suspension bridge is sealed off following an accident in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, October 4, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

All five people involved in the accident were killed.

The three victims in the car were later identified as Nguyen The Tuan, 40, Le Dinh An, 37, and Le Dinh Quyet, 47, while the two motorcyclists were Dao Van Nam and Hoang Anh Tuan, both 28.

The suspension bridge was sealed off for authorities to examine the crash site and investigate the cause of the accident.

Built in 1985, the bridge is 120 meters long and nearly five meters wide.

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