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Six Vietnamese men killed in truck accident

world Updated: Apr 28, 2007 10:09 IST

Six men were killed when a truck carrying illegally logged wood in central Vietnam crashed, state media said on Saturday.

The accident happened early on Friday when a truck drove off the road into a rice field in Kon Tum province, in the central highlands, said the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Six out of the seven people sitting on the truck were killed after they were buried beneath the heavy wooden logs. The male victims, aged between 17 and 30 years old, were mostly from the Ba Na ethnic minority group.

The truck driver and his assistant suffered minor injuries, Tuoi Tre said. No other vehicles were involved.

In central Ninh Thuan province the same day, at least 20 people were injured, some of them seriously, after a multi-vehicle accident.

Last year, more than 12,300 people were killed in traffic accidents in Vietnam, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.