A transportation firm in Vietnam's Central Highlands has been suspended after its illegal journey left 12 Vietnamese passengers dead in Laos early this month.
The Transport Department of Kon Tum Province was ordered by the Ministry of Transport to suspend the service of the Dang Khoa Company, which had been allowed to carry passengers across the Laos border.
A bus from the company collided with a local motorbike and overturned on a hill in the Lao province of Attapeu on the night of March 1, killing 12 of its 20 passengers including the driver and his assistant.
The Lao motorist was among the nine injured, most of whom suffered multiple bone breaks. Two serious cases included one with a broken spinal cord and another with brain injuries.
A Friday report by news website VnExpress said the accident revealed that the company had made the 100-kilometer trip even though its license to do so had expired on January 17.