Drowsy driver detained in Vietnam fatal bus accident probe

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The bus that flipped over on a paddy field in Nghe An Province's Nghi Loc District, killing one passenger and injuring 19 others, on November 29, 2014. Photo: Pham Duc

A bus driver who dozed off and caused an accident that killed 1 person and injured 19 others last week will be detained for two months for investigation, police of Nghe An Province in central Vietnam said Friday. 
Nguyen Van Canh, 30, is investigated on charge of “violating traffic rules, causing serious consequences.”
Police in Nghe An’s Nghi Loc District established that Canh had fallen asleep when he was driving the bus with 33 passengers from Lang Son Province to Nghe An in the morning of Nov. 29.
He lost control of the bus, which veered of the road in Nghi Loc Dist., broke the guardrail and plunged down a steep slope embankment for 30 meters before a back left tire burst, causing the bus to flip over on the muddy paddy field.
A male passenger named Hoang Van Que, 22, died in the accident. Nineteen others were injured.
Canh, who sustained arm injuries, came to a police station after the accident and admitted he had lost control of the bus as he fell asleep.
Examination of the bus and the accident site also showed that the bus did not have any technical problems and did not collide with any objects before the accident.
Also on Friday, the last five passengers injured in the accident were discharged from hospital.
Since early this month, authorities of Lang Son Province has suspended the operation of all vehicles of Son Duc Transport Company, which owns the bus, to inspect the company's management of drivers and traffic safety.

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