Pregnant woman, last victim of Da Nang car-bus collision, dies in coma

By Nguyen Tu, TN News

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 A car-bus collision that killed 7 people in a family in the central city of Da Nang on April 29. Photos: Nguyen Tu

The seventh and final victim in a crash between a car and a sleeper bus in the central city of Da Nang last week died on Wednesday.
Nguyen Thi Huong Mai, 24 and two months pregnant, succumbed to her injuries after being in a deep coma ever since the accident.
Her husband, two-year-old son, parents and younger sister had been killed when the bus, driven by Le Nhat Phuong, 42, collided into their car on April 29.
All of 30 passengers on the bus escaped the crash unscathed. Phuong fled the scene, but was arrested four days after.

Bus driver Le Nhat Phuong, 42, was arrested after the accident
He is now being investigated on charges of violating traffic rules, punishable by a jail term of up to 15 years.
An early report from the National Traffic Safety Committee showed that Phuong was driving the bus at 85 kilometers per hour on Nam Hai Van Bypass, where the speed limit is 50 kilometers per hour.
However, Da Nang police later found that he was speeding at 106 kilometers per hour, thus being unable to avoid the sedan at an intersection between the bypass and a newly-opened road leading to the popular tourist site Ba Na Hills.
The car, driven by Mai's husband Nguyen Chi Hoang Anh, 28, was sent away for nearly 120 meters.
Following the accident, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered authorities in Ho Chi Minh City to suspend the transport company that owns the bus for up to three months for an investigation.
Phuc also criticized Da Nang's authorities for failing to establish appropriate road safety features at the intersection.
Traffic lights did not work and there were no rumble strips to warn drivers.

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