Police in the Mekong Delta province of Long An have concluded that the drowsy driver of a passenger van lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the back of truck, leaving four dead and eight injured.
Duong Truong Son, 35, was driving the van (packed with 13 passengers) down a lane which allows the maximum speed of 100km/h at around 5:30am on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway on Thursday.
Police said Son fell asleep and crossed into the 80km/h lane before hitting the back of a truck driven by Nguyen Vu Hung, 31.
The van's front half was completely crushed in the impact.
A 16-passenger van was badly damaged after colliding with the back of a truck on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway on July 17. Photo: Cong Nguyen
Huynh Thi Ngoc Mai, a 62-year-old woman, and Huynh Phuc Duy, a 31-year-old man, seated in the front row died immediately.
Son escaped death with minor injuries.
Ten other passengers were rushed to hospital where Vuong Le Minh, a 10-year-old boy and an unidentified woman in her 50s, died from their injuries.
Of the eight surviving victims, two women remain in critical condition.
The van belongs to the Huynh Dat Company, a private transport company, which operates along the Mekong Delta-HCMC route.
The van reportedly set off from Vinh Long Province at 4am and collided with the truck in Long An’s Ben Luc District.