5 soldiers killed, 4 injured as patrol truck plunges into ravine in Vietnam

By Hoang Son, Thanh Nien News

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Five soldiers died and four others were seriously injured when a military truck plunged into an ravine near the Vietnam-Laos border in the central province of Quang Nam on Tuesday.
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyen Duc Chi, head of Quang Nam Province’s Traffic Police Division, said the accident happened at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday when the truck was carrying a group of soldiers of Brigade 83 back to their base after a patrol along the Vietnam-Laos border in a remote village in Dak Pre Commune, Nam Giang District.
The truck was reportedly about 500 meters away from the base when driver Pham Huy Son, 31, lost control of the vehicle. It plunged into the 10-meter-deep ravine.
As the accident took place in an unpopulated area which is not easily accessible, it took quite long for the victims to be rescued, according to Mr. Chi.
Sources said some officers who survived and re-gained consciousness after the crash called authorities to inform of the accident.
Three soldiers died on the spot. Two more succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital.
Four other soldiers are seriously injured are now in critical care at C17 Military Hospital in Da Nang City.
The accident is being investigated by the Ministry of National Defense’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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