June, 08 2012 12:10:48

Police claim driver guilty for tragic accident

DAK LAK – Police in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak claim a coach driver was the cause of a tragic coach accident that killed 34 people and injured 21 others middle last month on the bridge over the Serepok River.

At a press conference yesterday, colonel Pham Minh Thang, chief secretariat of the provincial Police Department, said driver Pham Ngoc Lam was speeding at the time.

He further claimed the accident occurred when Lam lost control driving the coach to Serepok Bridge on a journey from Dak Lak to HCM City.

Initial investigations show that a front right wheel of the coach crashed into the edge of the bridge and blew out.The vehicle became unbalanced and plunged into the river.

"The driver violated road safety regulations and caused serious consequences but he died in the accident, making it impossible for him to take responsibility," said Thang.

The 47-seat coach was reportedly carrying 57 people, including four children, when the accident happened. Trip monitoring equipment installed on the coach reveabled it was travelling at more than 70km/h while the speed limit was only 70km/h. – VNS

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