A Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday sentenced a container truck driver to 15 years in prison for violating traffic rules and causing a crash that killed five people last year.
Vo Van Rang, 49, was also ordered to pay around VND2 billion (US$89,700) as compensation to families of the victims, including three Vietnamese-American people.
Early morning on May 31, 2015, Rang drove the truck down an overpass in Thu Duc District at around 60 kilometers per hour.
He reportedly saw the red light and hit the brake, but it did not work.
The container truck crashed into a small truck ahead of it.
The car that was crushed by a container truck in an accident in Ho Chi Minh City on May 31, 2015.
Rang lost control and the truck swerved to the right. He mistakenly hit the gas pedal and collided with a four-seater car at the red light.
The car then crashed into a bus in front of it. The truck kept moving forward and crushed the car under it.
Three family members – a 66-year-old man, his daughter and her husband – together with their friend and the driver were killed. The couple and the friend were American nationals.
Prosecutors said Rang was speeding and he drove under the influence of alcohol.