Seven killed as bus hits funeral procession in Vietnam
March 27 2019 12:42 PM
Scene after a bus rammed into pedestrians during a funeral procession in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam
The scene after a bus rammed into pedestrians during a funeral procession in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy: VnExpress/Van Hai

dpa/Hanoi

Seven people were killed and three others injured in northern Vietnam on Wednesday after a bus hit a funeral procession, authorities said.
The accident occurred early Wednesday at an intersection on National Highway 2C - 50 kilometres to the north west of Hanoi - when a bus mowed down a group of people attending the funeral.
Four people died immediately, while three others died in hospital, according to Khuat Viet Hung, deputy chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee.
The bus driver, Phan Thanh Phu, was arrested. He blamed the accident on misty weather conditions, police said.  
Road accidents are a leading cause of death in Vietnam, with one person dying almost every hour.
A total of 8,244 people were killed in road accidents last year and nearly 14,800 people were injured, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.



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