More investigations ordered for southern Vietnam train-cars crash

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Prosecutors in the southern province of Dong Nai have ordered more investigations into the collision between a train and six cars that killed two and injured 24 in February, Tuoi Tre reported Thursday.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed source from the Bien Hoa Town's People's Procuracy, the local prosecution agency, as saying that police have yet to clarify evidence that can be used to charge nine people involved in the accident.

Additionally, the source said the details suspects told police are still inconsistent.

On December 18, police pressedcharges against two car drivers, two train drivers and five railway workers for their involvement in the accident that occurred on February 6 on Ghenh Bridge.

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According to police's conclusions, that day Nguyen Minh Chau, 44, was leading a group of five cars across the Ghenh Bridge, which handles both road and rail tracks. When they reached the middle, the cars were blocked by a taxi driven by Nguyen Hung Quoc, 32. This led to an argument between Quoc and Chau, and then a traffic jam.

A northbound train driven by Nguyen Van Tuy, 43, and co-driver Nguyen Xuan Phu, 47, arrived on the bridge and crashed into six cars stuck in the traffic jam. Two people died on the spot, while 24 others were injured.

Police pressed charges of "obstructing rail traffic" against Chau and Quoc, while Tuy and Phu faced charges of "violating railway driving regulations."

They also proposed that prosecutors ratifiy charges of "dereliction of duty, causing critical consequences" against the railway workers for failing to warn the drivers of the traffic jam on the bridge.

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