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Suspects in bridge collapse face court

Update: July, 22/2015 - 09:57
Three suspects in connection with the February 2014 collapse of Chu Va 6 Bridge in northern Lai Chau Province's Tam Duong District, which killed eight and injured 38 others, appeared at a court hearing yesterday. — Photo nguoiduatin.vn

LAI CHAU (VNS) — Three suspects in connection with the February 2014 collapse of Chu Va 6 Bridge in northern Lai Chau Province's Tam Duong District, which killed eight and injured 38 others, appeared at a court hearing yesterday.

Former director of Hoa Ky Private Construction Company Nguyen Van Ky, 36; former deputy head of Tam Duong District Project Management Board, Hoang Dinh Van, 36; and technical supervisor of the district Project Management Board Bui Hai Son, 34, are being prosecuted for violating construction regulations and reckless endangerment.

They faced likely sentences of eight-to-20 years' imprisonment, as recommended by the Provincial People's Prosecuracy, said Judge Nguyen Xuan Hoa, vice tribunal president of Lai Chau Province People's Court.

He said that as many as 50 witnesses had been subpoenaed.

In February 2014, the 58-metre long suspension bridge collapsed when an entire funeral procession bearing a coffin was making its way toward a cemetery on the other side.

The group fell 9m down into a ravine full of large, sharp rocks. Three people died on the spot, five others died while being treated at a nearby hospital and 38 were injured.

A criminal investigation into the accident began in June 2014 following a March report from the Ministry of Transport that cited a faulty turnbuckle and other technical errors for the collapse.

The prosecution argues that the collapse was caused by constructors' disregard for designs and technical protocols.

Defendant Hoang Dinh Van was in charge of selecting the construction team and its supervisor for Chu Va 6. The other two suspects, Ky and Son are charged for the shoddy construction.

The court is expected to close tomorrow. — VNS

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