The director of a PJICO Insurance Corporation’s branch died after his car plunged into a river in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on Thursday.
The seven-seater driven by Tran Viet Hai, 47, director of PJICO's Soc Trang branch, crashed into the river at a dangerous bend on the road from Soc Trang Town to Long Phu District at around 2 p.m., Tran Thi Ba, a witness, said.
Ba and dozens of locals rushed for help the victim, but to no avail. They could neither open the doors nor pull the car out of the deep water.
It took rescuers an hour to arrive at the scene to recover the vehicle from the river and take Hai to a local hospital where doctors said he had died.
Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh quoted an unnamed friend of Hai as saying that he was suffering from sleep loss and often drove around to relax.
Meanwhile, Tuoi Tre reported that Hai suffered depression, sleep loss and balance disorder in the past two months.
Hai had reportedly authorized his deputy to assume his position for almost a month before his death.