Taxi drivers arrested in train crash investigation

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Two taxi drivers have been arrested as police continue their investigation into an accident in which a train smashed into a six cars on a bridge, killing two and injuring 24 during the Lunar New Year holiday.

News website VnExpress cited a police officer as saying on Saturday that drivers Nguyen Quoc Hung and Tran Minh Chau were arrested on charges of obstructing rail traffic.

The report said Hung and Chau stopped their cars and quarreled with each other on the Ghenh Bridge in the southern province of Dong Nai for several minutes, causing a traffic jam.

That was when a northbound train approached the bridge and crashed into six cars stuck on it.

The narrow bridge, reportedly built more than 100 years ago, handles both car and train traffic.

Police had previously arrested seven railway workers in the case. The train driver, his assistant, a traffic light maintenance worker and four guards were taken into police custody for investigation of their negligence and violation of rail traffic regulations. 

Initial investigation shows that the guards on the bridge failed to warn the train to not get on the bridge. VnExpress cited police as saying the investigation is still ongoing and that no official conclusion has been reached at this point.

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