Young men throw stones at bus, nearly blind driver’s eye in central Vietnam

By Tran Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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Phan Van Doan, the driver of the bus, had his right eye severely injured. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre 
Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Monday arrested five young men who repeatedly threw stones at a moving sleeper bus, nearly claiming the right eye of the driver.
The bus belonging to Thuan Tien Gia Lai Transport and Tourism Company carried 34 passengers from Gia Lai Province to Ho Chi Minh City.
When it was traveling on National Highway 14 in Dak Nong 20 minutes after midnight on Monday, a group of around 10 young men came out of a rubber forest and repeatedly attacked the bus with stones.
The stones flied into the right eye of Phan Van Doan, the 44-year-old driver, and injured four passengers.
Three glass shields near the driver’s seat broke.
Doan was rushed to a nearby health center. After doctors said his injuries were serious and he might lose his right eye, he was immediately transferred to Ho Chi Minh City for treatment.
The four passengers sustained minor injuries and were provided first aid.
After a quick repair the bus continued its journey.
 A file photo shows a bus of Thuan Tien Gia Lai Transport and Tourism Co. with broken windows after a group of young men attacked it with stones in the early morning on June 29. Photo supplied
Damage caused by the incident to the bus is estimated at VND10 million (US$460).
The five arrested suspects, aged 19-22, told police their group gathered to drink and then came across the idea of throwing stones at buses traveling through their area "just for fun." 
Police are still searching for the other members.
Stone-throwing incidents that happened to long-haul buses are reported quite frequently in Vietnam.
Last month, a court in Dak Lak Province sentenced a 17-year-old boy to four years in jail for throwing stones at two buses running on a national highway, which caused a passenger to lose his left eye last September.

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