Driver held for role in deadly bus accident

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Police in the central province of Ha Tinh have arrested the driver of a bus that was swept away in floods on Monday, leaving 15 people dead and another five missing, VnExpress reported.


It quoted Nguyen Thanh Bao, Chief of Ha Tinh Traffic Police Division, as saying that several minutes before the accident, the bus sped past a check station in Hong Linh Town. The station was set up to stop vehicles from going through the flooded section of the National Highway No.1.


Police say that Dinh Van Luong was the main driver, but as he was sick that day, his subordinate Tran Van Truong took over the driving.


Luong died in the accident, while Truong managed to get out of the bus along with 17 other passengers as it was swept to the La River.


Truong is being held pending a police investigation of the accident.


The bus, which was en route from Dak Nong to Nam Dinh provinces, was recovered Thursday along with ten bodies. Another five were found washed upon the shore or floating in nearby waters. 


Tran Van Long, Deputy Chief of the Nghi Xuan District police told the news website that the accident was brought on by the loss of road markers.


WIthout the markers, drivers unfamiliar with the road could easily get lost and fall into the river, which runs alongside the road, according to Long. 


In related news, the Central Committee for Storm and Flood Control reported that as of Friday, at least 77 people have been killed and five remain missing in floods triggered by heavy rains in the central region last week.  

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