(SKY NEWS) – A groom and 12 members of his family have died in a bus crash on his wedding day, the Vietnamese government has said.
Four others were injured when the 16-seater bus collided head-on with a large container truck in Quang Nam, central Vietnam.
The group were driving to a wedding party from Quang Tri province to the bride’s home in Binh Dinh province during the early hours of the couple’s wedding day.
The crash happened at about 2.30am local time on Monday (8.30pm on Sunday in the UK).
Ten of the victims were killed instantly, the government said in a statement. Three others, including the groom, died on the way to hospital.
“All victims’ bodies were brought back to their home for burial. We are treating some of the injured in a local hospital,” police said.
The truck driver is said to have suffered minor injuries in the crash. Local authorities are investigating the cause.
Road accidents are the biggest single cause of deaths in Vietnam as traffic laws are loosely obeyed and road infrastructure is patchy, despite efforts to make the roads safer.
Last year, about 8,200 people died in traffic accidents across the country – down from around 8,600 the year before.
On average, one person dies every hour in a road accident in Vietnam, with most being killed on motorbikes.
Traffic congestion, inadequate law enforcement and poor driving are some of the reasons cited as the main causes of road deaths in crowded cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.