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7 dead as timber truck crashes into mountainside in north-central Vietnam

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 13:26 GMT+7
7 dead as timber truck crashes into mountainside in north-central Vietnam
The truck is seen severely damaged following the deadly crash in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, March 22, 2021. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

Seven people on a truck carrying timber were killed after the vehicle crashed into the mountainside in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on Monday night.

The deadly crash took place along provincial highway No. 530 in Tri Nang Commune, Lang Chanh District, at around 9:15 pm, Nguyen Xuan Hong, chairman of the Lang Chanh People’s Committee, confirmed on Tuesday morning.

The truck carrying acacia wood was descending a slope when it slammed into the mountainside.

All seven people on the vehicle, including the driver, his assistant, and five timber porters, were killed.

Police officers arrived at the crash site to carry out their investigation and identify the victims.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, head of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, and Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The have extended their condolences to the victim’s families.

Khuat Viet Hung, deputy head of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, and officials from the Minister of Transport and Ministry of Public Security arrived in Thanh Hoa to assist local authorities in dealing with the serious case.

Data showed that the truck was traveling within the speed limit prior to the accident, VnExpress online newspaper quoted the Ministry of Public Security as saying.

In their preliminary assessment, competent authorities believed that the truck was overloaded, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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