10 dead, 5 injured as timber truck overturns

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Ten people were killed and five seriously injured after a truck overturned on a highway in the north-central province of Nghe An on Wednesday (December 7) morning.

The accident happened at around 3:30 a.m. on National Highway 48C in the mountainous district of Con Cuong.

The truck, carrying timber and 15 people, reportedly slipped off a slope and overturned at the highway section running through a rural village in Binh Chuan Commune.

Seven men died on the spot. Around 40 police officers, soldiers and residents rushed to the scene to rescue people trapped under the timber.

It took three hours to remove the bodies of the dead.

Three men died on the way to a local hospital. Five others, including the truck driver, sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Quy Hop General Hospital.

Nguyen The Manh, chairman of Binh Chuan Commune People's Committee, the local government, told Thanh Nien the timber was bought by a local resident to build his house.

The 15 dead and injured victims had been hired to load the timber into the truck by the man whose identity has not been revealed.

Kha Van Minh, chief of police in Binh Chuan Commune, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the truck was proceeding from Tuong Duong District to Quy Hop District.

When it reached Binh Chuan Commune in Con Cuong District, it slipped off a slope due to apparent brake failure leading to the accident, he said.

The 12 workers sitting on the timber could not escape when it overturned and were crushed under the massive weight of 12 cubic meters of wood that spilled out. The driver and two other workers sitting on the cabin of the truck suffered the same fate.

Initial investigations show the truck was overloaded, and the driver was driving fast, which could have been causal factors in the accident.

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