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More People Die On Vientiane’s Roads

Four people were killed and six others sustained critical injuries in road accidents in the capital over the two-day period from September 9-10.

According to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department, a pick-up truck carrying 17 students overturned on Thursday morning in Donnoun village, Xaythany district, killing two passengers and seriously injuring six others. Other passengers were also injured in the accident.

Police said the driver, Mr Phetsamone, 23, was travelling at high speed from Donnoun village to the Dongdok junction traffic lights when the pick-up lost control, hit a tree and overturned.

Mr Vilaphath, 18, and Mr Latsamane, 16, were killed instantly.

On the same day, a car lost control and struck an electricity pole in Dongpalan village, Sisattanak district, killing the driver on impact. He was named as Mr Souliya, 25, of Phonsinuan village, Sisattanak district, and was reportedly travelling at high speed.

In another incident, the driver of a Jeep was killed when his vehicle overturned on Wednesday evening on the 450 Year Road in Nahaikham village, Xaysettha district.

The driver was named as Mr Philakone, 39, of Naxay village, Xaysettha district, and had been travelling from Thanalaeng village when he lost control of the Jeep.

The Vientiane Traffic Police Department is investigating these accidents in accordance with the law.

The department reported that from August 31 to September 6, there were 20 road accidents in Vientiane, but no deaths were reported.

Compared to the previous week the number of road accidents dropped from 23 to 20, while fatalities fell from two to zero.

In addition to the abovementioned incidents, two people suffered critical injuries, 13 were seriously injured and 10 people were slightly injured in road accidents.

Fifteen vehicles sustained minor damage and 24 sustained moderate damage, according to the police report.

Source: Vientiane Times / Photo: Vientiane Rescue 1623