It remains unclear if a learner driver in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong would continue to learn to drive, after he ‘maneuvered’ his car into a pile of smoldering garbage and failed to get the vehicle out of the flames on Monday.
The rare incident took place in the early evening at a residential area in Di An Town, the local firefighting unit confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
The learner’s car, whose license plate shows it is registered in Ho Chi Minh City, was traveling through the area when the driver veered it straight to a burned garbage pile that still smoldered by the road, according to eyewitnesses.
The car engine died just as the vehicle got stuck in the pile, while flames began to grow again.
|The remains of a burned car are seen in Binh Duong, southern Vietnam, March 4, 2019. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre|
As the driver failed to restart the engine, he started to shout for help, prompting nearby people to help pull his car out of the fire.
Some people rushed to the rescue but only managed to help the driver get out of his car, which was soon engulfed in the raging flames.
Local firefighters were called to the scene and eventually put out the fire after 20 minutes. But it was too late as the car was already burned to the frame.
An investigation is ongoing into the incident.