Truck driver saving bus receives “Merit of Bravery”

On behalf of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, chairman the People’s Committee in Lam Dong Province Doan Van Viet on September 21 awarded the Merit of Bravery to truck driver Phan Van Bac who bravely rescued a bus with brake problems at the beginning of September.

The People’s Committee in Lam Dong Province Doan Van Viet awards the Merit of Bravery to truck driver Phan Van Bac  (R). (Photo: Sggp)

Earlier, on September 6, the 30-year-old driver, from Da Huoai District, was driving a truck carrying agricultural products from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City. He realized a 42-seat passenger bus operated by travel firm Tan Ha that went out of control due to ‘brake failure’ while driving down the Bao Loc Pass in Lam Dong Province.

Bac controlled and reduced the speed of truck and let the bus place its head on the truck’s back to slow it down. The two vehicles travelling a 500 meters long road stretch safely passed the pass.

President Tran Dai Quang on September 8 sent his letter of congratulation to truck driver Phan Van Bac for his bravery to save the lives of 30 passengers on the bus. The National Committee for Traffic Safety also awarded the “Golden Wheel” title of this year to the truck driver.

By Doan Kien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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