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Three dead after cab rear-ends stationary truck on bridge in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

The scene of the accident along the Can Tho Bridge, located in the namesake city in Vietnam's Mekong Delta on October 16, 2018.
The scene of the accident along the Can Tho Bridge, located in the namesake city in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on October 16, 2018.

Three people were killed after a taxi crashed into a stopped truck on a bridge in the Mekong city of Can Tho on Tuesday night.

The fatal accident occurred along the Can Tho Bridge at around 11:00 pm, according to the municipal traffic safety committee.

The truck, driven by 35-year-old Le Thanh Cong, was descending the bridge when its tire exploded.

Cong then parked his vehicle on the bridge while waiting for a rescue unit.

Twenty minutes later, a Mai Linh Taxi cab driven by Tran Thanh Mong, 33, rear-ended the truck.

The crash killed Mong and his two passengers, namely Nguyen Thanh Khang, 43, and Nguyen Van Tham, 73, both hailing from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long.

Traffic police and rescue units later arrived at the scene to deal with the situation.

Cong, the truck driver, did not warn incoming vehicles of his stationary truck on the bridge, according to an officer.

Cong is currently being held in custody to assist police in their investigation into the incident, Colonel Nguyen Van Sang, chief of police in Cai Rang District, Can Tho, confirmed on Wednesday.

Representatives of Mai Linh Taxi have visited families of the deceased to offer their support.