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In Vietnam, man survives road crash by clinging to truck underside

In Vietnam, man survives road crash by clinging to truck underside

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 11:29 GMT+7
In Vietnam, man survives road crash by clinging to truck underside
Nguyen Van Chien’s shirt was torn from dragging on the road as he clung to a truck’s undercarriage in Vietnam. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

A rider saved his own life by clinging to a truck’s underside for nearly 20 kilometers after being thrown off his motorbike in a road crash in Vietnam last weekend

In the late hours of Sunday, Ngo Minh Vy, a 26-year-old trucker, sideswiped a motorbike carrying two riders on a bridge in Binh Thuan Province, located in the south-central part of the country.

The motorbike’s passenger, identified as Le Quoc Trung, 16, from central Quang Tri Province, was killed after being run over by the truck.

The motorbike driver, Nguyen Van Chien, 30, survived the crash by hanging on to the truck. 

Nguyen Van Chien at his home in Village 1, Suoi Kiet Commune, Tanh Linh District, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, after surviving the road crash. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Chien gestures at his home in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam after surviving a road crash on May 23, 2021. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

According to Chien, the crash threw him under the truck and he instinctively grabbed the vehicle's undercarriage.  

He was then dragged 20 kilometers until it pulled over at a gas station.

“I had no choice but to hang on to it," Chien recalled. 

"If I let go, the next truck would run over me anyway.”

At the pit stop, the truck driver was shocked to see Chien crawl out from the truck’s underbody. 

Chien then confronted the trucker and his co-driver over the accident, only to find out they were completely unaware of what had happened.

All three immediately returned to the crash scene and discovered that Trung had been killed on the spot.

Nguyen Van Chien with the helmet that protected him from the crash. Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Chien points at the helmet that protected him from the crash. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

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