Hanoi car driver arrested as 3 of family killed in head-on crash

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Nguyen Manh Chi's Toyota Fortuner after it hit a motorbike, killing three people from a family, and lamp post in Hanoi Sunday and overturned

Police in Hanoi's Phuc Tho District have arrested a man for allegedly crashing his car into a motorbike Sunday and killing three people.

Nguyen Manh Chi, 54, was driving his Toyota Fortuner in Phung Thuong Commune at around 3 p.m. when he reportedly hit the motorbike with the three deceased on it.

The police said he had been driving on the wrong side of the road and possibly at 100 km or faster in an area where the speed limit is 50 km.

Tran Van Kien, 33, his sister Tran Thi Vo, 35, and her son Nguyen Duc Truong, 6, all Phuc Tho locals, died on the spot.

The force of the crash threw Vo on the four-meter-high roof of a house 20 meters away from the site of the accident.

Truong was slammed into the door of a house 30 meters away, according to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

The car did not stop until it hit a lamp post and flipped over.

Chi fled the scene and slightly injured, and went to a hospital. But he surrendered to the police after being discharged.

Two others were in the car, Hoang Tuan Lap, 46, of Hanoi and an unidentified hitchhiker. They accompanied Chi in a taxi as he went to the hospital, but the unidentified man got out along the way.

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Chi's family paid compensation of VND30 million (US$1,438) to the victims' family.

The deceased had been on their way to visit Vo and Kien's sick father in Son Tay town when they met with the accident.

Investigations are continuing.

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