Bus explosion kills 8 Vietnamese in central Laos

By Hue Minh - Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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Men pass the site where a vehicle carrying a group of Vietnamese people from Thakhek Town in central Laos to Vietnam's Nghe An Province suddenly exploded at around 4 a.m. on June 2, 2016. Photo credit: Zing Men pass the site where a vehicle carrying a group of Vietnamese people from Thakhek Town in central Laos to Vietnam's Nghe An Province suddenly exploded at around 4 a.m. on June 2, 2016. Photo credit: Zing
Eight Vietnamese people were killed and three others were seriously injured when the bus they were on exploded in central Laos on Thursday morning.
A large quantity of timber could be seen at the site. Photo: CTV/Thanh Nien
The accident occurred at around 4 a.m. in Khammouane province's Nong Bua Village, about 15 kilometers from Cha Lo Border in the Vietnamese province of Quang Binh.
The cross-border bus was carrying the 11 Vietnamese passengers from Thakhek Town to Nghe An Province.
All the passengers are Nghe An natives, as are the driver and his assistant.
The injured victims were rushed to a Nghe An hospital for treatment after receiving first aid in Laos.
Driver Nguyen Duc Tu, 26, is working with Lao authorities as they are investigating the incident. Tu and his assistant had minor injuries.
The vehicle also carried a large quantity of timber. Burnt firecracker wrappers were scattered at the scene.

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