Police in Binh Phuoc Province, southern Vietnam said on Friday that two officers were killed and four others were injured as their fire truck lost control and tipped over the previous day.
The deceased firefighters are Second Lieutenant Ngo Quang Sang and Private First Class Ho Kiet Tuong.
Sang died at the scene while Tuong and four other injured officers were rushed to hospital for emergency treatment, but he could not survive severe injuries.
The four survivals were transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for further treatment on Friday morning.
Their health statuses have been all stable.
The fire truck carrying the six officers on duty to Phuoc Long Town overturned on Provincial Road 741 in Dong Phu District at around 3:00 pm on Thursday, the Binh Phuoc public security department said at a press briefing on Friday afternoon.
|Colonel Nguyen Huy Hai (R, standing), deputy director of the Binh Phuoc Department of Public Security, speaks at a press briefing on the fire truck accident that killed two officers and injured four others in Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam, January 6, 2023. Photo: A.B. / Tuoi Tre|
The heavy-weight vehicle, which was containing four cubic meters of water, was running at about 50 km per hour when its driver suddenly put on his brakes at a curvy and steep road section, accompanied by a wet, slippery road surface as it was slightly raining at the time.
The fire truck thus skidded into the middle of the road and then overturned.
Police officers arrived at the scene shortly after to carry out rescue and investigation.
The Binh Phuoc public security department and authorities hold funerals in accordance with the People’s Police rites for the two deceased officers, as well as gave financial support to their families and the injured firefighters.