14 injured in theme park accident in southern Vietnam

By Duong Phan, Thanh Nien News

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A traveler is rushed to hospital from Ba Den mountain resort in Tay Ninh Province after a train flipped on August 10, 2014. Photo: Duong Phan A traveler is rushed to hospital from Ba Den mountain resort in Tay Ninh Province after a train flipped on August 10, 2014. Photo: Duong Phan

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A train-shaped tram flipped over on Sunday in a southern theme park, sending 14 people to the hospital.
Eyewitnesses to the accident at the Ba Den Mountain Resort in Tay Ninh Province, around 100 kilometers to the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, said the tractor-drawn tram was rather crowded when it shuddered and flipped at around 7:30 a.m.
The train was carrying travelers from the gate to the cable car station, which is among the main attractions of the resort.
Around 20 people were thrown out of the carriages and 14 had to seek medical attention.
Doctors from Tay Ninh General Hospital, which received the victims, said they have forwarded the three most severe cases to a HCMC hospital and released the others following treatment.

A train for carrying passengers around Ba Den Mountain Resort in Tay Ninh Province. Photo credit: VnExpress
The most severe victims include a 6-year-old boy with a broken leg and a woman suffering internal injuries to her abdomen.
The site had been more packed than normal on Sunday as worshipers flocked to shrines in the area during the peak of the seventh lunar month, which is the time of year to commemorate wandering souls according to local belief.

Tran Trung Kien, an investor at the theme park, said initial investigation found that driver Le Cong Tuan had tried to avoid some pedestrians at a turn and the vehicle flipped after hitting the curb.
Kien said that the vehicle has never been tested as he thought an official certification was not necessary for theme park vehicles. Tuan is a licensed driver.

The train trams remained in operation after the accident.

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