Official arrested for involvement in central Vietnam truck tragedy

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A vice director of a nature reserve in the central province of Nghe An has become the fifth person to be arrested as police investigate the timber truck overturn killing 10 and injuring five others last week.

Trinh Thanh Long, 41, vice director of the management board of the Pu Huong Nature Reserve, was taken into custody after Dao Cong Thang, chief of Quy Hop Forests Station under the board, said that the timber was transported as ordered by Long.

Previously police arrested the truck's driver, Vuong Dinh Hanh, along with three forest rangers, including Thang, who was accused of being in the truck when the accident occurred on December 7 but fled the scene in a car after the accident.

The timber, meanwhile, has been identified to be smuggled.

The deadly accident happened on National Highway 48C in the mountainous district of Con Cuong at around 3:30 a.m. after reportedly slipping down a slope.

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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.

The case is being investigated.

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