A heavy steel rod falling from a crane at the construction site of Hanoi's elevated railway project on Thursday hit several motorbikes traveling in the street, killing a man and injuring three others.
The accident occured at around 10 a.m. on Nguyen Trai Street in Ha Dong District, along the under-construction Hanoi-Ha Dong Railway. The project has been suspended as an investigation into the accident is underway.
According to eyewitnesses, the crane was lifting the steel rod when its cable suddenly broke, and the rod fell and hit the bike riders.
A man, identified as Nguyen Nhu Ngoc, 33, died on the spot.
The scene of the accident.
Nguyen Trong Phong, 54, and his wife Le Thi Hang, 49, and another unidentified person were injured. They are being treated at hospital.
Phong reportedly is in a coma, while Hang sustained minor injuries.
Officials from the Ministry of Transport visited the injured victims at the hospital. The ministry said a press conference will soon be held.
The investor of the 13-km Hanoi-Ha Dong Railway project is the state-owned Vietnam Railways and the contractor is a Chinese company.
Vietnamese experts have accused the Chinese contractor of using cheap technology, leading to the project’s being three years behind schedule.