Ferry boat driver charged with causing fatal accident

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Police in the central province of Quang Nam on Thursday pressed charges against the driver of a ferry boat that sunk on a local river, killing a pregnant woman, last month.

Bui Van Thu, 39, who is also the owner of the boat, was charged with "violating regulations on directing waterway vehicles," which caused the accident. 

Thu has been put under house arrest while investigations are ongoing.

At around 6:30 a.m. on November 21, a ferry boat carrying 40 people, several dozens of motorbikes, bicycles and a two-ton truck sank on a river in Tam Hai Commune, Nui Thanh District.

Thirty-nine passengers were rescued. Vo Thi Thien Tham, a 25-year-old worker of a local garment company, drowned.

Tham was two months' pregnant, according to her family.

Local authorities said the ferry boat was overloaded, which led to the accident.

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The accident sparked outrage among local residents because local authorities had fined Thu three times for transporting trucks, but he repeated his act.

Police said they are investigating the responsibility of Tam Hai Commune's authorities. 

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