​Chief of Party office says human lives ‘unimportant’ after traffic accident in northern Vietnam

​Chief of Party office says human lives ‘unimportant’ after traffic accident in northern Vietnam

Duong Thi Thuy Trang, chief of office of the Party Committee at the Hai Phong Economic Zone in Hai Phong City, argues with a police officer in this still photo taken from a clip posted on social media.

A woman holding a Party position at an economic zone in northern Vietnam has caused uproar for telling police officers “human lives are unimportant” to explain her refusal to have a man whom she had crashed with her car rushed to the hospital.

Duong Thi Thuy Trang, chief of office of the Party Committee at the Hai Phong Economic Zone in the namesake city, was verified as the woman in a viral Internet video clip, where she was heard playing down the importance of human lives.

In a clip uploaded on social media, Thanh was seen arguing with police officers after a traffic accident on Hai Phong’s Nguyen Binh Street, afer she had allegedly hit a motorcyclist with her car and both of them refused to take the blame.

As police arrived at the scene, they asked to take the man to hospital for examination of his injured knees, which was met with protest from Thanh, who demanded that the victim not be taken anywhere until officers reached a conclusion on who was at fault.

“Human lives are unimportant,” she told the officers as they explained that human lives should be the top priority in any traffic accident, according to the video seen by Tuoi Tre News.

Duong Thi Thuy Trang, chief of office of the Party Committee at the Hai Phong Economic Zone in Hai Phong City, argues with a police officer in this clip posted on social media.

According to a local police chief, who confirmed the authenticity of the clip, the accident happened at around 2:00 pm on Wednesday.

The motorcyclist, 27, was later diagnosed with knee effusion as he had hit his knees on the ground in the accident.

Pham Van Moi, head of the Hai Phong Economic Zone Authority , has requested a full report from Trang about the incident and said she would be disciplined if any violation is found.

“The police will determine who’s right and who’s wrong in the accident, but as a Party member Trang shouldn’t have said such impolite words,” Moi said.

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