A van driver who failed to overtake a taxi on a road in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang lost his temper and attacked the taxi driver with a knife.
A source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that police officers in the outlying district of Cai Lay are investigating the incident, which occurred at around 10:45 am on Monday.
At the time, Nguyen Ngoc Quang, a 33-year-old man from Cay Lai District of Tien Giang Province, working for Vietnamese taxi operator Mai Linh, was driving his cab on a local section of National Highway 1.
As he made a U-turn near Phu Nhuan Bridge, located in Phu Nhuan Commune of Cai Lay District, a 16-seater van flashed its headlights, apparently a signal to overtake the car, but it failed to do so.
The van driver then made another attempt and managed to overtake Quang’s car this time, before performing a brake check on the taxicab, forcing it to pull over.
A fistfight broke out between the two drivers, with the unidentified van driver drawing a knife from his vehicle to attack Quang multiple times.
The entire road rage incident was recorded on the dashcam of another vehicle.
The clip of over-one-minute in length was then posted on social media and attracted a host of Internet users expressing their outrage over the van driver’s aggressive behavior.
A Mai Linh leader in Tien Giang told Tuoi Tre over the phone that the firm had worked with the Cai Lay police to facilitate the investigation into the incident.
The taxi driver has visited a hospital and had more than ten stitches on his two serious wounds inflicted by the perpetrator.
“We have provided money to cover his medical bill,” said the company official.