Car driver in fatal rail crash to be charged

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Police in central Vietnam are set to recommend charges against a driver who ignored a red light and drove a car across a railway track, causing the death of four people in a family in a collision with a train.

Le Quang Hung, police chief of Quang Ngai Province's Tu Nghia District -- where the accident occurred February 1 -- told news website VnExpress that the police would seek traffic violation charges against Le Thanh Ha, who is still under treatment for injuries.

Investigations had revealed that Ha ignored a grade-crossing warning signaling the arrival of a train, which plowed into the car, dragging it for more than 200 meters.

The accident killed a man, his daughter, his nephew, and the daughter's boyfriend. Another daughter and her boyfriend were severely injured.

They were all on their way to attend the man's wife's death anniversary function, following which they would have stopped wearing their mourning bands.

Doctors said the surviving daughter, Nguyen Thi Sa Ny, is recovering.

But it would take a long time for her to get back on her feet, they added.

The driver had four broken ribs and lung injuries.

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VnExpress quoted a report from Quang Ngai authorities as saying 13 grade crossings in the province lacked barriers while many others were opened by passersby.

In the two weeks preceding February 5, there were 15 train accidents in which 20 people died and nine others were injured.

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