​Driver goes unscathed as truck crushed by train in Hanoi

The level crossing was not barrier-protected

The truck is completely deformed after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A truck driver has miraculously escaped death as his vehicle was crushed by a cargo train in Hanoi early Wednesday morning.

The crash left the National Route 1, which runs parallel to the railway track, heavily congested during the morning rush hours.

The accident happened at around 6:00 am in Nhi Khe Commune in Hanoi’s rural Thuong Tin District.

According to eyewitnesses, a truck transporting soft drinks had ignored warning signs to speed past the level crossing onto the National Route 1 as the train approached.

The cargo train, headed for downtown Ha Noi, rammed into the truck, throwing its driver’s cabin 30 meters away while dragging the body for 100 meters before coming to a stop.

The truck’s driver had reportedly jumped to safety before the crash and got away unharmed.

The driver’s cabin of the truck is separated from its body. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The driver’s cabin of the truck is separated from its body. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The accident left the truck completely deformed and the National Route 1 heavily congested during the morning rush hours.

According to Do Hong Lam, deputy chief of office of Vietnam Railways, the level crossing where the accident occurred was not protected by barriers or gates, though there were warning signs to notify drivers.

As of 7:30 am, the truck had been removed from the track and railway engineers could be spotted on site to carry out repair works.

The truck is completely deformed after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The truck is completely deformed after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A crane is used to move the truck out of the railway track. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A crane is used to move the truck out of the railway track. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The National Route 1 is heavily congested after the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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