Road Accident Is Described As The Major Cause Of Death In Vietnam
An accident that took place in Central Vietnam on Monday, has seen fourteen members of the same family die, the family were reported to be on their way to a wedding party.
The groom died instantly when their van hit a container truck, police reveal.
Road accidents in Vietnam as been described as the major cause of death, as traffic laws are loosely obeyed and road infrastructure is patchy.
The victims of Monday’s car crash in Quang Nam were members of an extended family, including the groom, who were heading to the bride’s family home in a neighbouring province, a police officer told AFP.
The 16 seater van which they traveled in was reported to have collided with a container truck at around 2:30 am (1930 GMT Sunday), leading to the death of 13 people instantly and another dying later in the hospital.
“All victims’ bodies were brought back to their home for burial. We are treating some of the injured in a local hospital,” the policeman said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press.
Local authorities said Monday they were investigating the cause of the deadly crash.
Around 8,200 people died in traffic accidents across Vietnam last year, down from about 8,600 the year before. Most of those killed were on motorbikes.
Vietnam’s densely packed cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are crowded with motorbikes and cars competing for space with pedestrians and street vendors.
Meanwhile, transport trucks increasingly line newly built highways delivering goods across Vietnam, or into neighbouring countries.
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