Chu Va 6 Bridge in Lai Chau Province that collapsed and killed eight people walking in February, 2014. PHOTO: HUU TOAN
Police in the northern highlands of Vietnam have arrested a local official and the director of a construction firm that built a suspension bridge which collapsed and killed eight people in February.
Nguyen Van Ky, 35, the suspended director of private company Ky Hoa, and Bui Hai Son, a 33-year-old technician of the project management unit in Lai Chau Province’s Tam Duong District, were arrested Saturday for construction violations that caused serious consequences.
Police also searched their homes and offices.
Police say Ky assigned incompetent supervisors to oversee construction on the Chu Va 6 Bridge.
They say they used poor quality materials and did not properly follow designs and due technical procedures.
Son was blamed for his failing to catch the technical faults.
The chief of Son’s management board is Do Chien Thang, the son-in-law of the provincial Party chief.
A criminal investigation into the accident was opened last month following a March report from the Ministry of Transport that said a faulty turnbuckle was to blame.
The 58-meter long bridge collapsed February 24 while holding an entire funeral procession bearing a coffin to a cemetery on the other side.
The group fell 9 meters into a ravine full of large, sharp rocks.
Three people died on the spot. Five others died after being rushed to hospital while 38 people were injured, 20 of whom seriously.
After the accident, authorities gave the families of the deceased VND50 million ($2,370) each and the injured VND30 million ($1,422) each.