Four Vietnamese workers killed in Laos bus crash

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At least four people were killed Thursday when a bus carrying Vietnamese workers lost control and crashed into a mountainside in Laos.

The accident happened at around 5:30 p.m. when the overloaded bus was climbing up a hill and its brake broke down, local reports say.

Lao police have helped bring 13 severely injured passengers to be treated at Nghe An Hospital across the border in north central Vietnam.

Among the injured are bus driver Dau Ba Dan, a 40-year-old Nghe An native, who is still in a coma.

Survivors said the bus, which had 50 seats, was carrying nearly 80 people from Nghe An to Vientiane, most of them going to work.

"The bus was carrying too many people. It had two punctures on the way and had to stop en route for fixing," Le Duy Tinh, a survivor, told VTCNews, the news website of Vietnam Cable Television.

Major Tran Duc Ha, head of a Laos border gate in Ha Tinh Province that borders Nghe An to the south, told the Tuoi Tre newspaper: "From Thursday night to Friday morning, families of the victims continued to ask for priority to cross the border to bring the victims back to Vietnam for treatment."

Survivors said the driver had made a sharp turn after the brake broke.

They said there would have been no one alive if the bus had fallen down the abyss along the hill.

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