Vietnamese Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has sent a thank-you letter to Dinh Thanh Trung to hail the driver for bravely steering a burning tank truck away from a filling station in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, thereby preventing a tragic accident from happening.
When Trung, a driver working for Van Phuc Petroleum Co. Ltd., stopped his company’s tank truck to deliver fuel at a filling station in Ward 1, Cai Lay Town, Tien Giang Province at 3:30 pm on February 19, an explosion broke out from the side of the tank and ignited the vehicle.
Trung, who had got out of the vehicle cabin before that time, fearlessly climbed back behind the steering wheel and promptly drove the truck out of the filling station.
During the heroic act, Trung and an employee of the filling station got burned and had to be taken to the hospital for emergency treatment.
“Mr. Dinh Thanh Trung’s response showed his decisiveness and bravery and helped avoid a dangerous fire and explosion that could affect the lives of many people,” Minister The wrote in the letter of appreciation.
“On behalf of the leaders of the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Transport, I would like to commend Mr. Trung’s action, which demonstrated the professional ethics, courage, and responsibility for the community of a driver.”
The also hoped that Trung’s exemplary action will spread among workers in the transport industry and the whole society.
At the end of the letter, the minister wished the driver and his family health and happiness.