Railway breakdowns prompt investigation

Update: August, 10/2017 - 06:00
The SP2 train carrying about 120 passengers is derailed twice at Yên Viên Railway Station on the Hà Nội-Lào Cai railway route last Sunday and Monday.— Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has asked concerned organisations to investigate two consecutive breakdowns in which a train was derailed twice at Yên Viên Railway Station on the Hà Nội-Lào Cai railway route last Sunday and Monday.

The MoT asked the Vietnam Railways (VNR) to warn organisations and individuals related to the two breakdowns, and repair the damaged part of the line. The safety of the railway system must be checked, especially stations with a high density of trains.

The railway sector must check all train carriages and punish any violations based on present laws. It must collaborate with the Việt Nam Railway Authority to uncover the reasons for the breakdowns and make necessary improvements.

The VNR should supervise the work of railway workers who are on duty, train drivers and railway guards to ensure railway traffic order and safety.

VNR has been banned from using tools and equipment which do not meet technological and environmental protection standards.

The Việt Nam Railway Authority must give instructions to railway inspectors and the police to properly punish any violations in the railway sector, and give detailed measures to prevent further breakdowns.

The Việt Nam Register is responsible for checking train carriages and providing information on any found to be unsafe. These should be banned from operation.

On Monday, the SP2 Train derailed while travelling to Yên Viên Railway Station in Hà Nội’s Gia Lâm District at a speed of 15kph.

No casualties were reported. Several pieces of equipment were slightly damaged. Four trains were late. No traffic jams were reported.

Earlier on Sunday, the SP2 Train also derailed at the same time and at the same place. — VNS