Six people were killed and two others injured after a van carrying seven passengers was crushed by a large rock falling from Cam Mountain, a tourist attraction in An Giang Province, on Saturday.
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|The crushed remains of a van that was hit by a massive boulder on Cam Mountain in An Giang Province. Six people died in the accident. —VNS Photo Hoang Vu |
The accident took place around 8.10 am on the road leading to Cam Mountain in Tinh Bien District's An Hao Commune. The van, operated by An Giang Tourism Development JSC, was en route to the Buddha Statue on the top of Cam Mountain.
Driver Truong Hoang Tam, a 30-year-old resident of An Hao Commune, and four others were killed instantly, while another later died in the hospital.
Injured passengers Nguyen Van Du and Pham Minh Tam were being treated at Chau Doc General Hospital.
Witnesses said mining for road construction was one possible reason behind the rock falling.
Tran Long Ho, driver of a van some 100 metres behind the fated one on Saturday morning, said he heard an explosion and saw columns of smoke shortly before seeing the van crushed at the site.
Local residents said there had been landslides on Cam Mountain in the past. In the last few years, the provincial authority has built roads leading to the top of the Cam Mountain, which is 710 metres from sea level, including the 6.7 km of road from the foot of the mountain to Van Linh Pagoda.
However, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Director of An Giang Department of Transport, was quoted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying that the reasons for landslides and falling rocks at Cam Mountain had not been identified.
An Giang Tourism Development JSC has suspended the operation of the fleet of 44 vans carrying passengers to tourist sites on the top of Cam Mountain.
As of 5.00 pm on Sunday, the road leading to the top of the Cam Mountain remained blocked.
Tinh Bien District People's Committee said they had donated VND14 million to each family of the killed passengers and VND1.5 million each to injured person. — VNS