Rockslide kills 6, injures 2 in southern Vietnam

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Six people were killed and two others were injured when falling boulders from a roadside mountain crushed their vehicles in the southern province of An Giang Saturday morning, VnExpress quoted a local official as saying.

Major Le Van Tien, vice director of the province's police department, told the news website that four people in a seven-seat car and one motorbike rider died on the spot. Three others were rushed to the hospital and one of them died later.

Initial police reports said the accident happened at 8 a.m. when an An Giang Tourimex car was driving beside a motorbike descending Cam Mountain, a local tourist attraction in An Hao Commune.

Their vehicles were hit by a boulder that experts said might have weighed ten tons. The boulder and other rocks in the landslide had rolled down the mountain from a height of 300 meters above the road.

Locals said rain the previous day had loosed soil along the mountain, VnExpress reported.

Police are cooperating with local authorities to identify the victims, while the 705-meter mountain is now closed to the public as authorities fear more rockslides, according to the online newswire.

Police are also investigating the incident.

Located some 90 kilometers from the provincial capital of Long Xuyen, Cam Mountain is the highest in the province and is famous for its caves and pagodas.

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