Five people were killed and many others injured in a head-on collision in Hanoi on Monday after two passenger buses tried to avoid a concrete mixer that fell from a truck onto the street.
Police in Hanoi said the 16-seater and 24-seater buses were driving in opposite directions on a national highway in the afternoon.
They swerved to the same side of the road to avoid the construction machine and crashed into each other. The smaller bus plunged into a paddy field nearby.
Initial investigation found the fatal victims, aged 33 to 77, were traveling on the smaller bus, which was badly damaged.
Nguyen Van Chinh, a survivor from Vinh Phuc Province, lost his sister and her husband in the accident.
Nguyen Van Chinh, a survivor of the crash who lost a sister and a brother-in-law. Photo credit: VnExpress
Chinh was the least injured on his bus, which was carrying 14 people. He suffered minor injuries on his head and hands.
He said the minibus was "shaking terribly" before going down the field.
“People were thrown around… Most were not strong enough to even cry for help,” he said, as cited by news website VnExpress.
Police have identified three dead victims. The other two were badly injured beyond recognition.
They are looking for the driver of the truck who has escaped.