A car was crushed when it was hit from behind by a container truck in Ho Chi Minh City on May 31. All 5 people inside was killed. Photo: Duc Tien
Police in Ho Chi Minh City have launched an investigation into a container truck driver on charges of violating traffic regulations after his truck crushed a car, killing all five people in it, including three Vietnamese Americans, last month.
The charges is punishable by jail with terms ranging from one to 15 years.
Vo Van Rang, 48, on May 31 crashed his truck into the car, which was stopping at a red light in Thu Duc District, crushing it against a bus in front. The driver, her friend and three Vietnamese Americans in a family in the car was killed in the crash.
However, it was unclear what speed Rang, who is in police custody, was doing before the crash, according to the police.
Rang told the police his truck was running down a flyover at 60 kph, or 37.2 mph when he saw vehicles stopping about 70 meters away.
He claimed he tried to stop the truck, but mistook the gas pedal for the brake.
Rang and his 15-year-old subordinate driver, who was identified as Nhat only, denied that they had drunk alcohol, although their blood alcohol contents were measured at 45.5 milligrams per 100 milliliters and 46.5 mg/100 ml, respectively, compared to the limit 50 mg/100 ml.