Police in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam said they issued an urgent arrest warrant for a 40-year-old tractor-trailer driver for ignoring people who were in a life-threatening situation following a traffic accident.
The People’s Procuracy of Tien Giang’s Chau Thanh District approved the arrest warrant against Mai Van Khoi, 40, hailing from Soc Trang Province.
The initial investigation showed that while Khoi was driving a trailer truck to transport goods from Vinh Long Province to Ho Chi Minh City at around 8:00 pm on February 1, he found the vehicle’s brake working less effectively and slowed down to 35km per hour.
Khoi continued to drive the truck entering the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, which allows vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 120km per hour and a minimum of 60km per hour.
|This photo shows a tractor-trailer steered by Mai Van Khoi, 40, involved in a deadly traffic accident on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, February 1, 2023. Photo: Ngoc Trinh / Tuoi Tre|
He steered the truck in the lane close to the median, keeping the vehicle at the 35km-per-hour speed.
He stopped the truck on the expressway section in Chau Thanh District after hearing a bang at the back and found a passenger van was totally damaged behind the trailer.
After Khoi saw the van driver sitting motionless and his many passengers shouting loudly, he quickly drove away from the scene in a panic and did not report the accident to authorities nor ask for emergency help.
The accident killed three people, including van driver Nguyen Hong Hoang, 51, from An Giang Province, and severely injured two passengers, who were then taken to the Long An General Hospital for emergency treatment.
The rest of the passengers had minor injuries.
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