Man probed for fatal accident at HCMC airport

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 A car was heavily damaged after ramming into a crowd at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat airport and two cars on February 10. Photo: Duc Tien

Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday started investigating a man on charge of violating traffic rules for allegedly ramming a car into a crowd at Tan Son Nhat airport, killing one and injuring 10 others last month.
Nguyen Duy Tan, 25, is not taken into custody thanks to his clean record and the fact that he has provided financial supports for the victims, local media quoted the police as saying.
Tan is banned from leaving his neighborhood during the investigation.
Under Vietnam’s laws, the charges of “violating road traffic rules” carry punishments that range from fines to jail terms of between six months and 15 years.
Initial police reports showed that Tan drove a black Audi to the airport to pick up his cousin, famous singer Ho Ngoc Ha around 7 p.m. on February 10.
He stopped the car in a pick-up lane without changing its status to parking and its engine was still on.
When he was about to get out of the car to get his cousin’s luggage, it drifted forward.
Tan claimed he tried stop the car, but he mistook the gas for the brake.
The car rammed into the crowd of passengers and families, before veering into the opposite side of the lane, where it crashed into two other cars and some concrete posts and stopped.
The accident sent 11 people to hospitals with injuries.
A 61-year-old man, who was hospitalized with broken legs and cerebral hemorrhage, died three days later.
Investigation continues.

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