|Brake failure is ruled the cause of a road accident in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng that killed at least eight people and injured 30 others on Sunday, an initial investigation has revealed. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Brake failure is ruled the cause of a road accident in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng that killed at least eight people and injured 30 others on Sunday, an initial investigation has revealed.
The Ministry of Transport and the province’s investigation team announced the findings late last night after Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc called for a prompt response to the traffic accident.
Investigators confirmed that the 50-seat coach owned by the Mỹ Đức Tourism Company, en route from Đà Lạt City in Lâm Đồng Province to HCM City, lost control of its brakes when it reached the end of the Prenn Mountain pass.
The coach collided head-on with another coach owned by Thanh Lịch Transport Company, which was travelling in the opposite direction towards Đà Lạt.
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình also urged authorities and People’s Committee representatives from Lâm Đồng, Bình Thuận and Đồng Nai provinces, where the victims were residing, to implement support policies for victims’ families.
While a report from local transport authorities said the two coaches both had valid registration papers, the Lê Mỹ coach did not possess a business licence and was not equipped with itinerary monitoring devices, according to Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuất Việt Hùng.
The official asked the Road Safety Committees of Đồng Nai and Bình Thuận provinces to conduct a comprehensive investigation of both Lê Mỹ and Thanh Lịch companies and issue strict punishments for any violations of law.
On Monday, a group of officials from the National Traffic Safety Committee was expected to arrive in Bình Thuận to send condolences to victims’ families. VNS