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Two killed, nine injured in Xekong bus crash

Two people were killed instantly and nine others sustained injuries after two buses collided head-on in Laksao village, Thataeng district, Xekong province on Sunday.

Deputy Chief of the Xekong Traffic Police Office, First Lieutenant Sonevixay Keo-ounvong, told Vientiane Times on Monday the accident happened at about 3:40pm and that both vehicles were travelling at high speed.

The driver of one bus Mr Koxay, 25, from Phonkeo village in Saravan district, Saravan province, was travelling from Champassak to Attapeu province when his bus hit another coming in the opposite direction which was driven by Mr Buasai, 41, from Phonkham village in Lamam district, Xekong province.

The accident killed Mr Koxay and Ms Paep, 33, a passenger from Phonkeo village in Saravan district, Saravan province.

Mr Buasai and two other passengers were critically injured while another six sustained moderate injuries.

Police believe the two vehicles were travelling too fast for the road conditions.

However, they are investigating the precise cause of the incident as well as the number and nature of the injuries sustained by passengers.

Police said the majority of accidents occurring along Road No. 13 South happened because motorists failed to respect the road rules.

Another incident occurred recently along Road No. 13 South in Pakngum district, Vientiane, in which three people lost their lives while another 10 sustained injuries after a bus was involved in a fatal collision with a tractor trailer.

Police believe the two vehicles were travelling too fast for the road conditions and also reported that there were no street lights on the road. Also at the end of last year, a passenger was killed instantly and 23 others injured when a Lao bus and a Vietnamese truck collided head-on on Road No. 13 South in Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province.

This accident killed one passenger instantly, four were seriously hurt and 19 other passengers were slightly injured.

The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security reported that last month 537 accidents were recorded nationwide, including 96 fatalities. Some 851 people were injured and 965 vehicles were damaged with losses amounting to over 7 billion kip.

Motorbikes were involved in 95 percent of the accidents, with 90 percent of those dying in accidents being male.

The number of road accidents continues to increase, with many people dying due to dangerous driving.

According to the Traffic Police Department, about 90 percent of accidents involve drunken driving, speeding and other violations of the traffic rules.

Most accidents occur at weekends and on special occasions when people get together to drink.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 11, 2017)

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