Baby girl died after southern Vietnam bus crash; investigation continues

By Luong Ngoc-Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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The Phuong Trang bus at the site of the crash in Ho Chi Minh City on September 9, 2015. Photo: Duc Tien
A 16-month-old baby girl, who was seriously injured after a bus crashed into seven motorbikes on an overpass in Ho Chi Minh City, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday.
Bui Nguyen Vy Quynh was brought to HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1 at around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday with severe brain and abdomen injuries.
The baby girl fell into a coma. Despite efforts by doctors, she died at 5:15 p.m. the same day.
Quynh was among nine people injured after a Phuong Trang bus crashed into seven motorbikes on Cay Go Overpass in District 11 at around 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday.
Her 19-year-old mother Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien was severely injured. Her father Bui Thanh Thao, 30, sustained minor injuries.
The bus reportedly plunged into the street barrier and crashed into the flow of motorbikes traveling on the opposite lane.
Some motorbikes were crushed and flung onto the barrier.
Tien, Quynh's mother, was thrown from a height of five meter down to the ground below.
 16-month-old Bui Nguyen Vy Quynh at the HCMC Children's Hospital No. 1 on September 9, 2015. Despite efforts by doctors, she died at 5:15 p.m. the same day. Photo: Nguyen Mi
Nearby residents rushed the injured people to hospital. Four people, including Quynh's father Thao, have been discharged from hospital.
Dao Thai Ha Minh Khuong, the 35-year-old bus driver, reportedly carried the 16-month-old girl to hospital after the crash.
He then turned himself in to the police.
Khuong told the police he suddenly steered the bus to the left as he tried to avoid hitting a motorbike, which was trying to overtake the bus, and plunged into the street barrier.
But police said he may have driven on the wrong lane, causing the crash.
They are still investigating.

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