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Catastrophic petrol tanker fire to be prosecuted

Update: November, 29/2018 - 17:57
Thạch Vân Phong - the driver of the overturned oil tanker - is being treated at Chợ Rẫy Hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo Đinh Hằng
Viet Nam News

BÌNH PHƯỚC — The Police Investigation Agency announced on Thursday it had launched criminal proceedings in the case of an oil truck fire that killed six people last week in Bình Phước Province.

According to Colonel Trần Thắng Phúc, director of the provincial Police Department, the police have not issued a decision to prosecute the accused with the petrol tanker driver because he was under treatment at Chợ Rẫy Hospital with severe burns and could not give testimony.

As previously reported, at 4am on November 22, Thạch Vân Phong, was driving at high speed from HCM City to Bình Long Town, Bình Phước Province when the truck crashed into a delivery tricycle carrying ice near Minh Hưng market.

The truck lost control and hit a power pole on the opposite side of the road before it overturned. Tens of thousands of litres of oil were spilled onto nearby houses and burst into flames. 

The fire killed six people and injured two, nearly destroying all 19 houses in front of Highway 13.

Four victims were between 15 and 36, and two were six-year-old children. — VNS

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