2 killed as drowsy van driver nods off, hits truck in southern Vietnam

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Two people were killed and 13 others seriously injured after a car rammed a parked truck in Ho Chi Minh City at around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Passengers Le Minh Tho, 33, and Nguyen Ut Nho, 44, who were sitting beside the driver, were killed on the spot when the 16-seat vehicle hit the truck parked along a sidewalk on National Highway 1A.

The front of the van was destroyed, with driver Luong Anh Dung, 56, suffering severe head injuries while his assistant Vo Van Phuoc had both arms broken.

Dung admitted he had been drowsy while still driving at 80-90 kilometers per hour.

He said he had turned right to pass some trucks only to hit the parked one.

Police found some bricks and a red bucket that the truck driver Tran Quoc Trung had placed some 22 meters from his truck to warn other drivers. The truck had broken down and was waiting to be repaired.

They found no trace of rubber from the van's tyres, meaning Dung had not tried to brake though the road lights on the stretch are adequate.

Locals rushed the victims to a local hospital. The only three to get away with minor injuries were Nho's children and a three-year-old boy.

His grandmother, Truong Thi Chan, 61, who had held him tight and was herself badly injured, said: "The van turned right and suddenly there was a bang."

All the passengers were from Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta.

The police who are investigating said they would file criminal charges against the van driver.

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