Construction workers face charges for causing fatal traffic accident

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Police in the Mekong Delta's Ca Mau Province on Friday suggested criminal charges against three construction workers, alleging that their work had caused a traffic accident that killed a 4 year old last month.


Nguyen Van De, Tang Cuong and Luong Van Men were accused of "hindering road traffic," according to news website VnExpress.


The workers were stretching a cable across the street to pull a pole across the road as working on a major telecommunications construction project in the area.


A motorbike carrying a woman and her two daughters ran into the cable as it drove by -- the cable was suspended in the air and knocked the bike over. Duong Anh Thi, 4, died at the scene of the accident due to head injuries, while her sister Duong Anh Thu was knocked unconscious and hospitalized.

The workers had not demarcated their work area with danger signs, nor had they assigned a member of their team to warn travelers of the road work, police said.


Investigators said the workers had been hired by local resident Vu Van Cao, who had earlier received the job segment from the contractor Bac Lieu Telecom Investment and Construction JSC.


Military-run telecom giant Viettel is the project's main investor.


Police are considering expanding the case to hold more people responsible, including Cao.


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