Vietnamese tourist killed in Thai accident

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A Vietnamese tourist was killed and nine others injured in Bangkok last Friday after the Thai driver of their bus fell asleep at the wheel and it crashed into a ditch on the side of the road.

Nguyen Quoc Dung suffered brain injuries and died soon after. His body was flown back to Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand said.

Among 22 people on the bus which was on its way from Pattaya to Bangkok were Dung’s wife, two daughters, brother and his father-in-law.

They were part of a tour co-organized by Neo Duong Viet (Vietnamese Road) Company and Thailand’s 333 Company. They started their trip on February 16, the third day of the Lunar New Year.

Their driver, working for the Thai company, fell asleep around 30 kilometers from Bangkok and the bus crashed into a ditch on the side of the road, said passenger La Huu Tien. Tien suffered some scratches but his wife had three ribs broken.

Four of the injured are being treated at Churalat 9 Hospital on the outskirts of Bangkok, including Quang, a tour guide from the Neo Duong Viet Company. He has suffered injuries to his spinal column. The others were sent home.

Pham Minh Tuan, first secretary of Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, was quoted by Saigon Tiep Thi as saying that it was the first serious accident involving Vietnamese tourists in Thailand.

A large number of Vietnamese had taken tours to Thailand during the Lunar New Year holiday. Some tour operators had to use inexperienced drivers while others forced their drivers to overwork to meet the demand, Tuan said.

Reported by Viet Phuong

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