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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tourist Bus Plunges Off Cliff Between Mui Ne and Dalat, Killing 10 People

A speeding bus fell off a cliff near Dai Ninh in Binh Thuan Province early Friday evening, killing at least ten people, including nine Russian tourists and their translators.

Eight people were killed in the fall, and two reportedly died later in the hospital. Fourteen others remain hospitalized, some in critical condition. Among the survivors are several young Russian students and the driver.

The bus left 5am Friday morning from the coastal resort town of Mui Ne, heading to the mountain resort town of Da Lat for a day trip. Both locations are popular tourist destinations. On the return trip some time between 5 and 7pm, the bus plunged some 100 meters over a cliff on the windy mountain road.

There were at least 26 people on the bus owned by the Lanta Tourist Company, most of whom were Russian tourists.

The area of the crash at Dai Ninh

Click here to view the story on CNN

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