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Landslide at Bai Gio Tunnel causes rail disruption

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A landslide at the Bai Gio Tunnel has triggered a disruption along the North-South rail line in Khanh Hoa Province since April 12. Railway authorities are racing against time to reroute passengers through the affected area.

The incident, which took place at 1:10 p.m. on April 12, resulted in around 70 cubic meters of debris falling inside the Bai Gio Tunnel in the Ca Pass area in Van Ninh District. The mishap occurred during the tunnel’s renovation.

There were no trains operating in the construction zone at the time of the incident due to the closure for construction between Hao Son station in Dong Hoa town, Phu Yen Province, and Dai Lanh station in Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 12.

As of the morning of April 13, construction teams had yet to fully rectify the Bai Gio Tunnel landslide, and railway operations continue utilizing buses to ferry passengers.

Hoang Gia Khanh, general director of Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR), said landslides from the upper section of the tunnel are ongoing, with some 30 square meters of debris falling onto the rail tracks.

Over 3,000 passengers have been transferred by bus due to the need for alternative transportation for 12 passenger trains running on the North-South rail line as of April 13.

The Bai Gio Tunnel is among the tunnels undergoing renovation under package 11A, a project aimed at fortifying weak tunnels and upgrading infrastructure along the Vinh-Nha Trang section of the Hanoi-HCMC railway.

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