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Vietnam tour bus crash leaves 11 people dead

A BUS with 24 Russian tourists on board crashed in south-central Vietnam, killing at least 11 people, state-run media and a provincial official said yesterday.

The bus - carrying the tourists and another two Vietnamese women including an interpreter - fell off a hillside road around midnight on Friday in Binh Thuan province, the online VnExpress newspaper quoted the bus driver as saying.

The online newspaper said the Vietnamese interpreter was among the dead.

"Eight people died right at the site and three others died in hospital," a provincial information desk official said by telephone.

She said the nationalities of the deceased were not immediately clear. Binh Thuan police declined comment.

VnExpress said the tourists took a day trip to Dalat ?? the central highland tourist city dubbed "little Paris" thanks to its cool weather, pine forests and French architecture ?? and were returning to a resort in Binh Thuan when their bus crashed.

The small beach town of Mui Ne in Binh Thuan province, 190 kilometers northeast of Ho ChiMinh City, has become popular with Russian tourists in recent years.


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