The driver of a container truck which lost control and crashed into several vehicles at a red light in Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu My Hung area turned himself into the police on Monday, Tuoi Tre reported.
Pham Van Nhuan, 42, told police he was terrified and afraid of being attacked by local residents after causing the crash so he fled the scene immediately.
Traffic footage showed the truck turning left at high speed at the intersection of Nguyen Van Linh and Nguyen Luong Bang in District 7 at around 9:50 a.m. last Thursday.
As soon as they saw the truck running towards them, some people jumped off their bikes and managed to avoid a direct hit.
Nguyen Van Hieu, 52, and his 12-year-old son on one of the motorbikes could not run away in time. The truck crashed into them and another car.
Hieu and his son were injured. They were rushed to hospital and their conditions are now stable.
The car's driver Le Van Huynh, 33, sustained no major injuries.
Nhuan, the truck driver, told police he saw a black car turning left in front of him very suddenly, so he hit the brake to avoid crashing into the car.
His truck then skidded and crashed into the people waiting at the red light.
Police said they are checking the truck’s brake and its speed before the crash to determine whose fault it was.
Duong Van Hung, a police officer of District 7, told Tuoi Tre it will take time for police to find if Nhuan was driving under the influence of an illicit drug.
But Hung said Nhuan might have been sober as he was able to spot and avoid hitting the black car.
Meanwhile, Huynh, one of the victims, said Nhuan did not look stable after he got out of the truck before fleeing the scene.