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Cross-country railroad back to normal after train derailment
The Saigon Times Daily
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Cross-country railroad back to normal after train derailment

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - The cross-country railway service returned to normal on Sunday night after it had ground to a halt for more than 12 hours due to a train derailment in the north-central province of Quang Binh, according to local media reports.

The SE3 train, which traverses the HCMC-Hanoi rail line, smashed into a mechanical shovel which was trying to cross the railway on an unauthorized pathway. The train locomotive and three carriages derailed.

The heavily damaged locomotive was moved away from the track to allow workers to repair 80 meters of damaged track.

Though the north-south train service is back to normal, trains are required to slow down to 5km per hour along the just-repaired track pending checks and reinforcement.

With 196 passengers on board, SE3 was traveling from Hanoi to HCMC when it hit the mechanical shovel in Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province. No casualties were reported.

Train conductor Ha Minh Tam, 38, told Tuoi Tre Online newspaper that the accident happened shortly after the train had passed a curve at a speed of 40km per hour.

He said he and his assistant pulled the emergency brakes but the train still kept moving and collided with the mechanical shovel.

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