At least 13 people died after two passenger coaches were struck by a truck in Bình Thuận province. - VNA/VNS Photo Nguyên Thanh
Viet Nam News
BÌNH THUẬN – A major vehicle accident in the central province of Bình Thuận early this morning killed 13 people and left another 21 suffering from severe burns.
The accident reportedly occurred at 4am on the section of National 1A Highway that crosses Thuận Nam Town in Hàm Thuận Nam Commune. Officials said two passenger coaches were struck by a truck and engulfed in flames.
One of the coaches was a Phương Trang sleeper bus – a well-known transport company in the southern part of Việt Nam. The sleeper bus was traveling on its route from Quảng Ngãi Province to HCM City, while the other coach in the accident ran on the way around, from HCM City to Quảng Ngãi Province.
The two coaches were completely destroyed by the fire, while the driver’s compartment of the truck was also destroyed.
Authorities confirmed by 9am this morning that 13 people were killed in the accident but, due to their burns, have not yet been identified.
Another 21 who were injured were being treated at Hàm Thuận Nam Hospital and Bình Thuận General Hospital.
The crash caused a traffic jam on the highway for about three hours, though traffic returned to normal by about 7am. – VNS