At least 30 passengers on a bus going from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Lak had a lucky escape Saturday after the vehicle caught fire and was reduced to a charred frame.
The fire broke out on the bus belonging to the Dak Lak Province-based Nam Thuy Transport Cooperative at around 10 a.m.
Passengers said they heard an explosion at the rear when the vehicle was traveling in Thuan An town in Binh Duong Province.
The driver, Nguyen Thanh Hai, 40, pulled over but failed to detect any problem.
Soon passers-by told him to stop saying there was a fire in the engine situated at the back.
The passengers managed to clamber out before the blaze spread through the bus, burning all their luggage.
Fire trucks arrived and took half an hour to put out the fire.
The Binh Duong police, who found 500 packs of cigarettes half-burnt in the car, are investigating the cause of the fire.
More than 100 motorbikes and automobiles have caught fire around Vietnam since early 2011, many them due to reasons unidentified yet.
Many people have blamed adulterated gasoline. The government has set up an investigation to identify the cause.
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