Monday, May 7, 2012

Mountain rockslide kills six




Many large rocks suddenly fell down from the mountain, crushing a tourist car, which was carrying seven passengers, and one motorbike. Four people in the car and the motorbike driver died immediately, while three others were seriously injured.

One of the injured died on the way to a local hospital, while the two others are being treated at the hospital. Some vehicles that ran behind the car stopped in time before entering the dangerous area. 



Cam Mountain is the most beautiful mount in the seven peaks of the That Son mountain range, around 90km from Long Xuyen City. The mountain is 705m high, with many sharp bends and it is a tourist attraction in An Giang.

The seven passengers, who came from southern Tien Giang Province, had visited a pagoda on the mountain before the accident occurred. 

It was not clear what had triggered the rockslide but local people have blamed construction work on the mountain for causing the disaster. They also said that wind and rain could pry large rocks loose on the towering cliffs.

Recently, dynamite and large machines have been used to build some roads including a 6.3km road connecting the mountain’s foot and Van Linh pagoda near the top.