9 injured as car falls off mountain pass in southern Vietnam

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A car damaged after falling off a mountain pass in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on February 19

Nine people were injured when their car fell 20-meters off a cliff as it descended down a mountain pass in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Tuesday.

Initial information from local agencies was that the car, driven by Truong Hoai Han, was stopped from falling deeper by big trees along a cliff, after it fell off the pass on Cam Mountain in Tinh Bien District.

The fall left Han and eight passengers, including a three-year-old child, injured.

They were rescued and rushed to a local hospital within an hour.

Han, a driver for the An Giang Travel Joint-stock Company, was said to have lost control of the vehicle as it took a turn on the way down the mountain.

Police are investigating.

In Vietnam, where traffic accidents are considered a "national disaster," some 11,000 people are killed every year, the 11th highest traffic death rate in the world, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

During Tet, Vietnam's Lunar New Year's holiday, which ran this year from February 9-17, 373 road accidents were reported across the country, leaving 314 dead and 387 injured, the committee announced. That amounts to an average 34 people dying from traffic accidents in Vietnam on each day of the country's biggest festival.

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