Dak Lak authorities seek cause of fatal coach accident

The Department of Transport in the central highland province of Dak Lak held a meeting on Monday with the provincial Traffic Safety Committee and Quyet Thang Cooperative to discuss the cause of the tragic accident in which a coach with 55 people on board plunged into the Srepok River on May 17, killing 34 people.

Ngoc Tram (on bed), one of the injured victims from the coach accident, being treated at the hospital (Photo: SGGP)

Do Binh Chinh, deputy director of the department, said that according to the coach black-box, twenty seconds before the accident, the coach speed suddenly increased from 42km an hour to 74km an hour.

Since both the drivers of the coach died in the accident, there was no one to verify from as to why the coach speed suddenly increased.

The coach had all the required documents, and both the drivers had valid licences and the registration time for the vehicle extended till July 3 this year.

In the next few days, the department will coordinate with various authorities in the province to examine the road and the Srepok Bridge to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Mr. Chinh also said that authorised and social organisations have visited the site and sent condolences to victims’ families, besides also providing financial aid.

Ma Drak District is making preparations to take three children of a couple, who died in the accident, to an orphanage. They will receive a monthly maintenance of VND300-350,000 each until they are 18 years of age.

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By Cong Hoan – Translated by Hai Mien

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