2 dead in Vietnam as bus hits truck head-on after oxygen tank blast

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 A collision between a bus (L) and a truck killed two and injured 12 others in the north-central province of Nghe An February 17 / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

Two people were killed and 12 others were injured when a bus collided with a truck after an oxygen cylinder went off on board in the north-central province of Nghe An Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Tran Dinh Khuong of the province’s traffic police division said preliminary findings are that the cylinder on the bus exploded when the vehicle was on National Highway 1A in Dien Chau District.

The bus driver lost control as a result and plowed into a truck coming in the opposite direction.

Passengers Hoang Van Tri and Nguyen Thi Nham, both 50, fell out of the bus and died instantly.

Twelve others were rushed to hospital with injuries, including two in critical condition.

The explosion and collision badly damaged the bus.

Pieces of the blue cylinder were found inside the bus.

Some survivors told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the blast took place within minutes of the cylinder being brought on board.

Nguyen Van Thuan, the bus driver, who sustained multiple injuries, said he does not remember anything.

The police are investigating. 

Last year, there were 29,385 traffic accidents, killing 9,369 people and injuring about 29,500 others. In 2012, traffic accidents killed 9,424 people nationwide.

Road accidents are not new to Vietnam. Narrow highways, poorly maintained vehicles and drivers' disregard for road safety and traffic rules are often the cause of most fatalities. 

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