|Scene of the accident which left five people dead and two seriously injured. – Photo baogiaothong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Five people were killed and two injured this morning when their car collided with a train while crossing a railway track on a major highway in a Hà Nội district.
The car with seven people in it crossed the railway track in Thường Tín District just as the HCM City-Hà Nội train was approaching. The impact of the collision was so strong that the car was completely destroyed after it was thrown some distance.
The crash occurred at 5:30am on National Highway 1A at the section which passes through Văn Bình Commune in Thường Tín District.
According to Đào Vịnh Thắng, head of the Hà Nội Traffic Police department, the accident left four people dead on the spot while another person died on way to hospital. Two others who suffered serious injuries were transferred to Việt Đức Hospital for treatment.
Traffic police are coordinating with relevant agencies to regulate traffic, he said.
Shortly after the accident occurred, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông and deputy chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuất Việt Hùng arrived at the scene to monitor the investigation. They also visited the injured victims in hospital.
The cause of the accident was being determined, but according to the initial investigation, the car’s driver did not pay heed to the warning signs when crossing the railway track. The signals were still operating normally. — VNS