Vietnam to scrutinize foreign-registered vehicles following deadly accident

By Gia Chinh   June 18, 2019 | 11:10 am GMT+7
Vietnam to scrutinize foreign-registered vehicles following deadly accident
A Laotian truck is flipped after a collision with a Vietnamese bus in Hoa Binh Province, June 17, 2019. Photo by VnExpress.

Vietnam is set to check all foreign-registered vehicles after a Laotian truck was involved in an accident that killed three people on Monday.

The accident took place in the northern Hoa Binh Province at 0:30 a.m. when the five-ton Laos-registered truck carrying iron and a Vietnamese passenger bus collided, killing the latter’s driver and two other people and injuring 37.

The government quickly ordered the Ministry of Transport to check the licenses and operations of foreign vehicles and crack down on violations by them.

At the scene of the accident, local residents had to break windows to bring passengers out. Around 40 people were taken to hospital, with two dying en route in the ambulance.

A Vietnamese bus is badly damaged in a crash with a Laotain truck in Hoa Binh Province, June 17, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/The Vinh.

A Vietnamese bus is badly damaged in a crash with a Laotain truck in Hoa Binh Province, June 17, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/The Vinh.

The truck was flipped to one side while the bus was badly damaged. Initial investigation found the Laotian truck had driven at high speed down a slope and thus encroached the opposite lane, crashing into the bus heads-on.

The government also instructed the ministry to probe Long Giang Company, which owns the bus. Another passenger bus belonging to this company plowed into a funeral procession, killing seven and seriously injuring one in the northern Vinh Phuc Province three months ago.

In Vietnam, a transport company’s license will be revoked indefinitely if in a period of one year more than 50 percent of their operating vehicles cause serious traffic accidents.

Road accidents are a leading killer in Vietnam, with one person dying almost every hour. More than 18,720 accidents occurred in 2018, killing 8,244 people and injuring nearly 14,800, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

 
 
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