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Groom, 13 others die in wedding party auto crash

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Fourteen members of the same family were killed in a car crash in central Vietnam Monday en route to a wedding party, including the groom who died instantly when their van hit a container truck , police said .
Road accidents are the leading cause of death in Vietnam , where traffic laws are loosely obeyed and road infrastructure is patchy.

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The victims of Monday ’ s car crash in Quang Nam were members of an extended family , including the groom , who were heading to the bride ’ s family home in a neighbouring province , a police officer told AFP .

Their 16 – seater van collided with a container truck at around 2 : 30 am ( 1930 GMT Sunday ) , killing 13 people instantly . Another died later in hospital .

“ All victims ’ bodies were brought back to their home for burial . We are treating some of the injured in a local hospital , ” the policeman said , requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press .

Local authorities said Monday they were investigating the cause of the deadly crash .

Around 8 , 200 people died in traffic accidents across Vietnam last year , down from about 8 , 600 the year before . Most of those killed were on motorbikes .

Vietnam ’ s densely packed cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are crowded with motorbikes and cars competing for space with pedestrians and street vendors .

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Meanwhile , transport trucks increasingly line newly built highways delivering goods across Vietnam , or into neighbouring countries .

AFP

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