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[Video] Wrong-Way Driver in Saigon River Tunnel Crash May Be Criminally Charged

A driver who caused a major accident by driving through the Saigon River Tunnel in the wrong direction last week may face criminal charges.

Tuoi Tre reports that District 1's traffic police have finished investigating the incident, which took place on the night of June 22, and may charge Nguyen Van Sang.

The accident occurred when Sang, who is from Quang Nam province, entered the tunnel in the wrong direction while traveling from District 1 to District 2. He slammed into three cars, causing major damage but fortunately no injuries.

Sang was pulled from his car in an intoxicated state, the news source shares. The District 2-bound car lanes were blocked for an hour while the scene was cleared.

The other drivers involved in the crash have demanded over VND100 million (US$4,400) in damages. According to the 2015 Penal Code, any individual who causes over that amount in damage may be charged criminally.

The 2015 code is expected to come into force on January 1, 2018, while the previous law allowed for criminal charges for damages over VND50 million.

A senior District 1 traffic police officer told Tuoi Tre, "The investigation police will verify if the damages are more than VND100 million and decide whether to criminally probe the case."

[Photo via Tuoi Tre]

Video via YouTube user Lương Trí Thiện.

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