Five dead as truck crashes into passenger bus in central Vietnam

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Five people were killed Monday in a bus-truck collision on National Highway 1A in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

The bus had just pulled out of a gas station on the highway section in Phu Loc District when a truck traveling at high speed crashed into it.

Five bus passengers died on the spot. Six others were injured, two of them seriously.

Three of the five dead victims have been identified Nguyen Thi Huyen, a 23-year-old woman from the northern province of Phu Tho, Nguyen Thi Nam, a 20-year-old woman from the northern province of Thanh Hoa and Cao Van Khap, a 22-year-old man from the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

According to the Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, the truck and bus drivers are among the injured, but not seriously. Both the vehicles were badly damaged.

The injured are being treated at a local hospital.

The bus was carrying 50 people at the time of the accident.

Local police are still investigating the accident, but the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper quoted a source as saying the speeding truck had encroached into the wrong lane.

The source said the bus had just come on to the road after stopping at a roadside filling station, and it was moving a bit slowly when the truck crashed into it.

The accident caused a three-hour long gridlock on the highway.

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