QUẢNG TRỊ — Four people died when a motorbike slammed into a truck parked along a road in the central province of Quảng Trị on Saturday evening.
Hồ Văn Vinh, 16, and three other boys, including Hồ Văn Xếp, 15, Hồ Văn Hoài, 14, and Hồ Văn Đao, 13, were riding on the motorbike while traveling from mountainous Tà Rụt Commune in the province’s Dakrông District to National Highway 9, prior to colliding with the parked truck.
Witnesses said the motorbike was traveling at a high speed and lost control before the accident occurred.
Xếp, Hoài and Đao died at the scene, while Vinh died after being rushed to a hospital.
Hồ Sĩ Nhung, head of the district police, said the investigation at the accident scene was completed in the evening, after which the dead boys were handed over to their families for funerals.
Boys in Việt Nam are not allowed to drive until they reach 18 years old, when they must pass a test of their driving skills. The four dead boys apparently violated the under-18 driving ban, as well as exceeded the maximum number of passengers allowed on a motorbike.
Police did not report whether the victims were wearing helmets, though it was noted that they were driving at a speed faster than is allowed on country roads. — VNS