More forest rangers arrested in central Vietnam truck tragedy

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Another two forest rangers have been apprehended for their involvement in the timber truck overturn that killed 10 people and injured five others last week in the central province of Nghe An.

Local police said Phan Si Tuan, chief of Nga My Forests' Station under the management board of Pu Huong Reserve, was accused of being present when the timber, allegedly smuggled, was loaded onto the truck.

Meanwhile, Dao Cong Thang, who is in charge of the Quy Hop Station, was taken into custody the day before for allegedly being on the truck with Nguyen Kim Hung, his subordinate, when the accident occurred on December 7.

Previously Hung and Vuong Dinh Hanh, the truck's driver, were arrested as well.

In his report to the reserve's management board, Thang said they transported the timber for Trinh Thanh Long, vice director of the management board.

However, in his interview with Thanh Nien, Long denied his involvement in the case.

The deadly accident occurred on National Highway 48C in the mountainous district of Con Cuong at around 3:30 a.m. after reportedly slipping down a slope. Seven men died on the spot, and three others died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Preliminary investigation found that the 12 men sitting on the timber at the back were crushed under its massive weight.

Investigations into the case are underway.

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