A man was killed Sunday after falling off a thin cable over a river in the Central Highlands just two months after his wife was badly injured in a similar fall.
Nguyen Chua, a resident of Hoa Le Commune in Dak Lak Province, fell after somehow failing to brake the pulley wheel attached to the cable after crossing the Krong Ana River at around 7:30 a.m. to go to his field, a commune official said.
Chua, 53, fell on the bank from a height of 10 meters, Nguyen Duc Viet told Thanh Nien News.
Chua was unconscious after the fall and died on the way to a nearby hospital, he added.
In late August Chua’s wife, Nguyen Thi Tho, was injured on her neck, shoulder, and jaw after similarly falling on the bank.
Tho said her hands slipped after the pulley wheel got stuck.
Without any bridges across the 10-km long Krong Ana River, around 100 families in Hoa Le Commune have installed single cables to cross the river to go to their farms on the other side.
The cables are tied to either a tree or a pole at the two ends.
Some accidents have occurred, but Chua was the first person to be killed.
Last month the Dak Lak Department of Transport petitioned the province People’s Committee for a bridge over the river.