A KIA Morning car carrying four people plunged off a 200-meter-high mountain cliff in Vietnam’s northernmost province of Ha Giang on Thursday night, killing three and injuring another.
The accident occurred on the famous Ma Pi Leng mountain pass in Meo Vac District at around 11:35 pm on Thursday when the car holding a plate number registered in Ha Giang was traveling in the direction from Dong Van Town to Meo Vac.
The vehicle suddenly fell off of the cliff, which is at an altitude of 200 meters, when it neared the Ma Pi Leng Panorama, a seven-story hotel-restaurant-café complex situated on the highest point of the namesake pass.
Three victims -- Lau Thi M., 24, Be Ngoc D., 49, both from Dong Van Town, and Nguyen Van D., 25, from Tuyen Quang Province -- died on the spot.
Nguyen Van H., from Dong Van Town, has been hospitalized in a critical condition.
Police officers carried out an autopsy to clarify the cause of the accident on Friday morning, local authorities said the same day.
The Ma Pi Leng pass is a 20km-long mountain pass on National Highway 4C, connecting Dong Van Town and Meo Vac District in Ha Giang, with its highest point at an altitude of 1,500 meters.
It is widely regarded by travelers as one of the ‘Great Four’ mountain passes in northwestern Vietnam thanks to its chilling turns and magnificent landscapes.