|The scene of the accident that killed four people and injured 13 others. — VNA/VNS Photo Cao Nguyên
KON TUM — The Kon Tum Province Police on Thursday detained one of the two drivers responsible for an accident on HCM Road that claimed four lives last Friday.
Phan Anh Tài, 29, a resident of Kon Tum City, has been prosecuted for violating traffic regulations.
Initial investigations showed that Tài lost control while driving a coach from Đắk Tô District to Kon Tum City, and crashed into another coach driven by Đỗ Trọng Tuấn, 30, also from Kon Tum City, who was driving in the opposite direction.
One person died on the spot, three others died in hospital and 13 others were injured in the accident.
During the rescue operation, at least 35 people, including 24 medical staff, a Kon Tum Province police official and 10 local residents, are suspected to have come into contact with the blood of a 51-year-old HIV-positive woman who was killed in the crash.
All of them were given free antiretroviral (ARV) medicine 24 hours after exposure, within the recommended timeframe of 72 hours.
Their blood samples have tested negative for HIV, but final confirmation of the tests is awaited from the Tây Nguyên Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. — VNS