4 killed, 8 injured in coach-truck collision outside Ho Chi Minh City

By Cong Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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At least four people were killed and eight others injured after a coach crashed into a truck on a highway in Vietnam's Mekong Delta on Thursday.
The accident occurred at 5:30 am when the 16-seat coach driven by Duong Truong Son, 36, collided with the back of the cargo truck, which was traveling on the same direction, on Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway’s section through Ben Luc District, Long An Province.
A man and a woman who were sitting in the front row of the coach, died on the spot.
An airbag reportedly saved Son's life. Nguyen Vu Hung, 31, the truck driver, was also unharmed. 
Ten of the coach's passengers were rushed to hospital where a 10-year-old boy and a woman succumbed to their injuries.
The others are being treated at the Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC.
The coach was traveling from Vinh Long Province to HCMC at the time of the accident. It was badly damaged in the collision. 
The rear end of the truck was also damaged.
Authorities are still investigating the cause.
The HCMC-Trung Luong Highway, which links the Mekong Delta and HCMC, has become infamous for fatal accidents since it opened in 2010.
On April 16, a bus rear-ended a tanker truck watering trees along the highway, leaving seven dead and 10 others injured.

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