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2 dead, 3 seriously injured in car-train collision in northern Vietnam

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 14:42 GMT+7
2 dead, 3 seriously injured in car-train collision in northern Vietnam
The scene of the accident in the northern Vietnamese province of Hai Duong on March 13, 2019. Photo: Manh Dung / Tuoi Tre

Two people were killed and three others injured after a driver decided to cross a railway as an incoming train approached a railroad crossing in the northern Vietnamese province of Hai Duong on Wednesday.

The accident, which occurred in Ai Quoc Commune in the provincial capital of Hai Duong in the afternoon, involved the Hanoi-bound LP8 train that departed from the northern city of Hai Phong at 3:00 pm, a railway official confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

After reaching Ai Quoc Commune, about 43 kilometers northwest of Hai Phong, the train hit a car that was carrying five people.

The automobile was pushed a few hundred meters down the track after the collision and was heavily damaged.

All five people in the vehicle were severely wounded, two of whom succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

The driver was among the deceased victims, according to VnExpress.

There was no barrier at the crossing, eyewitnesses said, adding that there was a siren but the driver apparently ignored it. 

Initial information showed that the victims had just left a wedding party prior to the crash.

Vietnam Railways coordinated with competent authorities to promptly deal with the accident and the train resumed its journey at around 4:20 pm.

The LP8 train was 23 minutes late as a result.

Vietnam Railways has also tasked its representatives with providing support for the victims.

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