Vietnamese transport firm Futa Bus Lines JSC has announced that it will take responsibility and provide support for the victims admitted to many hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City after they were hit by one of its buses on Wednesday morning.
The bus, operated by the firm that is better known as Phuong Trang, hit seven motorbikes running in the opposite direction when approaching a flyover at Cay Go Roundabout in District 6, causing one falling off the overpass and injuring eight others.
Among the victims was 16-month-old Bui Nguyen Vy Quynh, the youngest one who has died at Children’s Hospital 1 due to serious injuries.
Quynh was brought to the hospital by Dao Thai Ha Minh Khuong, the bus driver, right after the accident.
Khuong, 35, told police that he rushed Quynh to the infirmary immediately after seeing her caught in the crash, before turning himself in to officers.
Quynh was on a motorbike with her parents, Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien, 19, and Bui Thanh Thao, 30, when being hit by the bus from behind.
Both Tien and Thao have been hospitalized after the crash, which threw Tien over the railing of the overpass to the ground from a 10-meter height.
Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital said that Pham Ngoc Sang, 29, who has been receiving treatment at the infirmary, is still unconscious and in a critical condition.
Four others who were not seriously injured were discharged from the hospital in the evening, according to the doctors.
Vo Quoc Binh, deputy CEO of the Ho Chi Minh City-based firm, said the bus was carrying its employees to Mien Tay Coach Station.
Phuong Trang employees have been sent to the hospitals to be ready to pay for medical expenses for the victims, Binh told Tuoi Tre(Youth) newspaper.
Road accidents involving Phuong Trang vehicles this year:
* May 4, 2015: A Phuong Trang bus hit an 80- year-old woman at Prenn Pass, Lam Dong Province.
* April 9, 2015: At a rest stop run by Phuong Trang in Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province, a bus driven by Nguyen Quoc Toan, 34, collided with a motorcycle, killing the rider, Nguyen Van Hau, 19.
* February 2, 2015: A Phuong Trang bus climbed onto the railing of a bridge to avoid a head-on collision with a truck in Vinh Thanh District, Can Tho City. No casualties were reported.