|The seven-seat van overturned after it was hardly hit by a train and was completely destroyed. - Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BÌNH ĐỊNH — At least four people were killed and two injured when a north-south train crashed into a vehicle on Monday afternoon in the southern province of Bình Định in Tuy Phước District.
The accident occurred at a rail crossing in a residential area in Phước Thành Commune.
The car, a seven-seater Honda Innova, carrying six passengers from Phú Yên Province, was trying to cross the railway when it was hardly hit by the train. The car was completely destroyed. It fell down on a hole about 50m from the crashing point.
TN1 train driver Nguyễn Văn Tùng was quoted on tuoitre.vn saying that when the train was approaching the crossing, an automatic warning signal was lit but the car
appeared so suddenly that the train could not stop even after he applied emergency brakes.
Lieutenant Colonel Ngô Đức Hoài from the Bình Định Traffic Police said the train continued to the nearest station, about 10km from the accident site, to replace its
locomotive, which would be used for the accident investigation.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Hồ Quốc Dũng, urged authorities to ensure smooth and safe railway traffic through the area.
He asked police to undertake an urgent investigation to clarify the cause of this serious accident.
The official said the Bình Định People’s Committee initially offered between VNĐ5 and 10 million to each dead and injured victim’s families. — VNS
|The accident site. - Photo dantri.com.vn|