18 injured in central Vietnam as bus plunges into river

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Eighteen passengers were injured when a private bus plunged off a bridge and into a shallow river in the north-central province of Quang Tri Thursday.

At around 3 p.m. Dao Van Hai, 32, of Nghe An was driving from Hue to Nghe An on a section of National Highway 1A in Truc Khe Hamlet when he reached a bridge that was half closed for repairs. 

Details become sketchy at this point but Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted him as saying another vehicle was heading towards him on the bridge, he tried to stop but failed, lost control, and plunged into the water.

Some of the passengers managed to break glass windows and escape, online newspaper Dan Tri reported.

Workers repairing the bridge and local residents helped save the remaining passengers.

Nguyen Van Minh, 37, managed to save his young daughter, but said: "Five minutes later and I could not have saved her."

The injured, including two severely, were treated at the Quang Tri General Hospital for broken arms and legs and head, face, and neck injuries, a doctor said.

National Highway 1A was blocked for several hours as a result.

The 30 passengers in the bus, belonging to a farming family in Nghe An's Van Dien Commune, had hired the bus to visit Hue and La Vang Church in Quang Tri.

The police are investigating.

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