The only survivor in a recent truck accident that claimed two lives in the northern province of Hoa Binh was left speechless seeing locals rush out to loot products on the vehicle, instead of helping them.
A truck was transporting rice bran on the National Highway 6 in Quy Hau Commune in Tan Lac District at around 1:45 am on Thursday when the driver lost control and crashed into a mountain.
Only one of the three people in the cabin survived the crash, albeit with multiple injuries.
The sole survivor immediately called for help, only to see dozens of local residents and passers-by jostle to the street to loot the bran bags scattered around the road, he recalled.
Some of the looters even deployed cargo motorbikes to take home as much of the rice bran as they could.
A police team was immediately dispatched to the scene but eventually failed to stop the crowds of looters.
Bui Minh Tram, chief officer of the Quy Hau police unit, said there are no immediate statistics on the value of the looted bran bags.
Officers are currently working to identify the looters while assisting the surviving victim, he added.
This is not the first time a cargo truck was looted by locals after an accident in Vietnam.
In November 2016, a mob of residents rushed to loot goods spilling out from the cargo of a truck that suddenly caught fire in the south-central province of Binh Dinh.
In December 2013, hoards of people also ran out to the street to loot hundreds of beer cans that poured from an overturned truck in the southern city of Bien Hoa.
In July 2014, two men involved in the looting were sentenced to six months each in prison for “publicly appropriating property."