Thousands of local people gathered at the scene to watch the rescue efforts with some acting as amateur rescuers. Three cranes have been deployed to tug the badly-damaged vehicle.
“When the bus reached Vinh Dien street, I heard people shouting and screaming in panic and after that the bus overturned,” said Nguyen Duc Tam, 28, a survivor hailing from Dak Lak.
Police identified the bus driver as Phan Luu, 45, from Da Nang city. He just suffered slight injuries.
In a separate accident in Ba Ria – Vung Tau the same day, a truck driver lost control and crashed into two motorbikes on the opposite direction, killing six people, one of them died on way to hospital.
The mishap occurred at 2:30pm on a section of highway 44 that runs through An Ngai commune, Long Dien district.