Two people were killed and 24 others were injured in a railway accident on Sunday night when a northbound train struck six cars in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The collision took place at around 7:35 p.m. on the Ghenh Bridge, on which rail tracks and road lanes run in parallel.
Track workers said as there was a serious traffic jam on the bridge at the time, they tried to warn the SE2 train from approaching the bridge but did not succeed.
The train ran straight into the crowd of cars and vans, directly hitting six of them.
The dead have been identified as father and son, Tran Ngoc Khai, 49, and Tran Thanh Tuan, 20. The injured victims, most of whom were travelling to celebrate the Lunar New Year, have been hospitalized.
Police said it was the worst rail accident that ever happened in Bien Hoa Town, Dong Nai Province.
A survivor, Tran Chi Kien, 37, told news website VietNamNet that his family was taking a taxi to go back to Ho Chi Minh City from Bien Hoa when they got stuck in the traffic jam on the bridge.
Kien said he saw two taxi drivers standing in the middle of the bridge, arguing over who should give way to the other. He and many other tried to stop them from fighting but couldn't.
The train approached the bridge not long after. Kien said his taxi driver jumped out of the car and hung on to one side of the bridge to avoid being hit the train.
Kien and his family just stayed in the car, which was then hit by other cars and dragged along the bridge for 20 meters. All five members in the family were injured, with his mother-in-law suffering a brain injury.
An investigation has been launched into the accident.
News website VnExpress reported that seven people, including the driver and the conductor of the train and five track workers, have been detained.