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New bridge to curb train-car accidents

Update: January, 12/2012 - 10:14

DONG NAI — The Viet Nam Railways Corporation began construction of a bridge yesterday to separate Ghenh Railroad Bridge in southern Dong Nai Province from vehicle traffic in order to prevent traffic jams and deadly crashes between trains and vehicles.

Dong Nai Bridge, with a total investment capital of more than VND578 billion (US$27.7 million), will connect Buu Hoa Ward and Hiep Hoa Commune in Bien Hoa City. It is part of an urgent Government project to construct three bridges to separate vehicles from trains in Dong Nai Province, Hai Phong and Ha Noi.

The 500-metre bridge will have four lanes across its 18-metre width and is expected to open to traffic next January.

The Ghenh Bridge, which runs along the Ha Noi-HCM City railway route and connects the banks of the Dong Nai River, is currently open to both trains and cars. Last February, a deadly crash occurred when a train ploughed into six cars stuck on the tracks. Two people were killed and 26 others were injured. — VNS

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