Bus driver receives 13 years for killing 5 in southern Vietnam crash

By Vu Le , Thanh Nien News

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Pham Van Phuong stands trial in Tra Vinh Province on January 6, 2016. Photo: Vu Le Pham Van Phuong stands trial in Tra Vinh Province on January 6, 2016. Photo: Vu Le

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A court in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on Tuesday sentenced a bus driver to 13 years in jail for crashing into three motorbikes on a bridge, killing five people and injuring another last May.
According to the indictment, Pham Van Phuong, 38, of Thanh Thuy Company drove a sleeper bus on the Ba Si Bridge on National Highway 53, with 22 passengers at around 9 a.m. on May 7, 2015.
Phuong was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road and speeding in an attempt to overtake another bus of a rival company.
He then hit three motorbikes traveling on the opposite direction.
Five people on the motorbikes, including a three-month-old boy and his 38-year-old mother, two men aged 55 and 60, and a 36-year-old woman, died.
A four-year-old boy was injured.
Phuong showed remorse during the trial. He apologized to the families of the victims and said other drivers should learn from his lesson.

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