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2 Norwegians killed in Vietnam bus crash; 14 passengers hurt

Associated Press Associated Press 10/11/2016 By TRAN VAN MINH, Associated Press

HANOI, Vietnam — A bus with 31 passengers aboard overturned on a rain-soaked road in central Vietnam, killing a Norwegian couple and injuring 14 others, police said Thursday.

Most of the passengers were asleep when the bus skidded off a curved road during heavy rains around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said. It was traveling from the central highland province of Dak Lak to the historic city of Hue.

The fatalities were identified as a Norwegian couple of Vietnamese origin. They died at the scene of the crash in Nam Giang district in Quang Nam province, about 850 kilometers (525 miles) south of Hanoi, and their bodies were returned to their families in Vietnam, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

Norway's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ingrid Kvammen Ekker in Oslo confirmed the deaths of the two nationals but declined to identify them Thursday.

Police are investigating the crash.

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Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

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