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Vietnamese coach plunges off Lao cliff leaving 12 dead

Update: March, 03/2012 - 08:47


A collision between a coach from the Central Highlands Kon Tum Province and a motorbike in Attapeu Province in Laos on Thursday has left twelve dead and eight people seriously injured. This photo shows an injured Vietnamese man involved in the accident receiving treatment in hospital. — VNS File Photo
KON TUM — Twelve people died and eight others were seriously injured when a coach from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum plunged off a cliff after colliding with a motorbike in Attapeu Province in Laos on Thursday evening.

The coach with 20 people on aboard was en route from Ngoc Hoi District in Kon Tum Province to Attapeu Province in Laos when the accident occurred, about 50km from Bo Y international border gate between Viet Nam and Laos.

Among the dead was the coach's driver, the driver's assistant and ten coach passengers.

The injured passengers are being treated at the Kon Tum general hospital.

The Lao motorist, who was also injured in the collision, is being treated at Attapeu hospital in Laos.

Nguyen Chuong, one of injured passenger, told a Vietnam News Agency reporter at the hospital that the accident happened when the coach crashed against the barrier along the road at a bend before the vehicle plunged over the edge.

The accident is under investigation.

Permanent Vice Chairman of Kon Tum Province's People's Committee Nguyen Huu Hai yesterday visited injured victims at the hospital.

The provincial authorities will support the families of each dead victim with VND3 million (US$144) and each injured passenger with VND2 million ($96).

The province asked authorities of Attapeu province in Laos to work with local police in investigating the case. — VNS

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