A high-ranking official from the Ministry of Public Security and two colleagues were killed Tuesday morning after a vehicle lost control and hit them.
Lieutenant General Nguyen Xuan Tu, deputy head of the ministry’s Force Construction Department, was killed on the spot when the accident happened at around 7:20am in Hung Yen Province, outside Hanoi.
Two other ministry officials traveling with him in the seven-seat car traveling from Hanoi to Hai Phong were also killed, and another injured.
The driver of the bus that rammed them was placed under arrest.
Police say the 47-seat bus was traveling in the opposite direction before it lost control and crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the officer’s car.
A source from the ministry's Road Traffic Department said the officers were on an official trip.
Locals in Hung Yen Province walk down the street after a passenger bus hit a Ministry of Public Security car, killing three officers on the morning of September 2, 2014. Photo: Nam Anh
By Tuesday afternoon, an official from the National Committee of Traffic Safety told Tuoi Tre they'd heard of the accident from various sources, but had yet to receive any official report from the ministry.
Road accidents kill thousands in Vietnam every year and typically peak during long holidays such as the on-going four-day Independence Day (September 2) holiday.
Official figures show during the first three days of the holiday, from August 30 to September 1, a total of 123 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, killing 66 people and injuring 70 others.