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VN launches level crossing checks

Update: July, 13/2013 - 10:18
Every level crossing in the country will be inspected to minimise accidents involving trains under the latest directive issued by the Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang. — VNS/VNA Photo The Duyet.
HA NOI (VNS)— Every level crossing in the country will be inspected in an attempt to ensure railway traffic safety and minimise accidents involving trains under the latest directive issued by the Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang.

The decision came after a crash between a train carrying hundreds of passengers and a heavy goods vehicle occurred on Wednesday, injuring the train driver, in northern Hai Duong Province's Thanh Ha District. No-one else was hurt.

The accident, which flipped the lorry over and derailed three carriages, brought traffic to a standstill on the Ha Noi – Hai Phong line.

The train's driver sight was limited because a row of trees obscured his view and this is being blamed as the cause of the accident.

Although there was no loss of human life, it has raised concerns over what could have been a major railway accident, Thang said.

Therefore, it is vital to conduct a thorough investigation to discover the cause of the accident and come up with ways of minimising railway traffic accidents nationwide in the future, he added.

Thang has ordered the Viet Nam Railway Corporation and the ministry's Infrastructure Department to act responsibly and carry out inspections of every level crossing in the country.

He added that automatic warning devices need to be installed and more guards allocated at level crossings to manage local people and traffic when trains were due.

The corporation's support centre was also asked to increase the number of safety exercises to improve the capabilities of rescue teams when handling major railway accidents.

The country now has roughly 6,000 level crossings. — VNS


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