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Three dead as long-haul bus collides with cyclists in southern Vietnam

Monday, March 01, 2021, 19:38 GMT+7
Three dead as long-haul bus collides with cyclists in southern Vietnam
A long-haul bus crashes into two utility poles and a tree after colliding with 10 cyclists in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam, March 1, 2021. Photo: Phuc Hien

Three people died on Monday in a crash where a long-haul bus slammed into a group of cyclists in southern Vietnam.

Two of the dead were the bus passengers, said police in Dong Thap Province, where the accident happened.

The crash occurred in Lai Vung District at 5:00 am on Monday, when the bus crashed into ten cyclists before veering onto the other side of the road, according to a police report.

The bus continued to slam into two utility poles and a tree along the road before coming to a complete halt.

Tran Van An, a 69-year-old cyclist, died on the spot.

Two of the three bus passengers, 38-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Son and 46-year-old Nguyen Huu Ly, were also killed in the crash.

The front of a long-haul bus deforms after colliding with 10 cyclists in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam, March 1, 2021. Photo: Phuc Hien

The front of a long-haul bus deforms after colliding with 10 cyclists in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam, March 1, 2021. Photo: Phuc Hien

The 44-year-old driver, Tran Van Nam, and the other passenger, 39-year-old Doan Van Ni, sustained multiple injuries and are being treated in a local hospital.

The front of the bus was deformed while its body was also severely damaged. The utility poles broke in half.

Local authorities are trying to find out the cause of the accident.

About 6,700 people died in more than 14,500 traffic accidents in Vietnam last year, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Almost 11,000 people were injured in the crashes.

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