Truck overturns in Laos, killing nine Vietnamese workers

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Nine were killed when a truck carrying 15 masons from Vietnam's central province of Nghe An overturned in Laos on December 19.

The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. roughly 40 kilometers from Pakse in southwestern province of Champasak, Nguyen Van Duong, one of the survivors told Thanh Nien over the phone.

He said the truck's materials were strewn over the victims, many of whom could not escape.

Tran Ba Toan, 40, another survivor told VnExpress that it was very dark and cold and the Laotian driver, who died in the accident, got lost, drove onto a bridge that was under construction and the truck fell into an abyss.

The online news website reported on December 20 that the vehicle had crashed into the bridge before falling.

Local media reported that the vehicle, which also carried building materials including iron, steel and cement, was leaving a construction site in the southeast province of Attapeu for another construction site in Pakse.

Among the nine killed were six from Van Dien Commune: Tran Ba Anh, 33, Luong Van Hung, 44, Nguyen Quang Trung, 33, Nguyen Tran Dam, 44, Nguyen Tran Trung, 23 and Le Van Thanh, 35.

Three from Nam Thanh Commune, Le Dinh Dong, 44, Tran Van Que, 38 and Nguyen Xuan Tue, 47 also died in the accident.

The dead bodies arrived in Nghe An Province on the morning of December 21.

Six other people, including one from Nam Thanh and the other five from Van Dien, were injured, Lao Dong quoted a local official as saying.

Nguyen Tran Tuan, Anh's father-in-law said his son and younger brother were also killed in the accident along with Anh.

"On the afternoon of December 19, my family got the news from people there [Laos]. The whole family collapsed," Tuan said.

He said Anh, who after working in construction in Laos for nearly 10 years, had acquired his own contracts so he went home in order to bring his acquaintances and relatives to Laos to work.

"We just married early last year, and he has been leaving home for Laos to work," said Nguyen Thi Duc, Anh's wife. "Now he will never ever come back."

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