Falling glass from posh Vietnam hotel sends tourist to hospital

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Broken glass amid decorative banners waiting to be hanged outside the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City January 11. The glass fell onto a tourist's head, sending her to hospital. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

A female tourist in Ho Chi Minh City has to be rushed to hospital Saturday after being struck in the head by broken glass as the canopy of the famous five-star Rex Hotel came crashing down when she was passing by on foot.

Initial investigations found the glass awning broke and fell as workers were installing decorative banners for the upcoming Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) festival, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

The glass shattered into tiny pieces on the ground, leaving behind blood stains and two banners waiting to be hanged.

The hotel manager brought the tourist to hospital. The victim has yet to be identified.

Rex Hotel, located on Nguyen Hue Street in the city's center, is among the 10 most famous hotels in Vietnam according to the country's tourism authorities.

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