At least three Vietnamese were killed and 33 others were injured when a tourist bus ran off the road and fell into an abyss soon after crossing the Laos border Saturday afternoon.
With help from Lao emergency units, all the victims have been brought back to Vietnam, where 28 of the injured including the driver were hospitalized.
The bus tumbled while traveling down a pass at around 2 p.m., 60 kilometers after crossing the Lao border in Nghe An Province.
Tuoi Tre reported the fatalities as being Nguyen Huu Chu, 72, Phung Thi Xuan Oanh, 69, both from Hanoi, and Nguyen Hong Kiem, 74, from nearby Quang Ninh Province.
The bus, which belongs to the Nghe An Huu Nghi tourism company, was taking 36 people, some of them from the northern province of Son La, on a seven-day trip through Laos and Thailand for VND9.6 million (US$460) a person.
"I was sitting on the first range. I was about to fall asleep when the bus suddenly flipped over. There were many shouts and cries, and I fell unconscious," Tong Van Lot, 68, one of the passengers, told news website VietNamNet.
All the victims were couples between 50 and 77, except for the 32-year-old driver. They have yet to recall what caused the accident.
Ha Tanh, 71, from Son La said he only remembers "a miserable scene with blood everywhere and people crying desperately."
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Several similar deadly accidents were reported in the area last year.
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