Train rams container truck in Hanoi

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A train hit a container truck in Hanoi Sunday morning, but there were no casualties.


The train, carrying 234 passengers and coming from Ho Chi Minh City, hit the truck as the latter passed railway tracks at a crossing with automatic barriers.


Luu Van Ly, the 34-year-old truck driver, said he only noticed the signal of a train coming when the truck was about to cross the track.


Ly said the truck was too heavy, weighing more than 46 tons, so he could not do anything then.


No one was killed as the accident pushed the truck 15 meters further and collapsed the wall of a nearby café. The truck driver and his assistant were slightly injured.


The cabins of the truck and the locomotive were damaged heavily, as were the barriers and signs in the area.


Dinh Ngoc Son, the train's guard, said the train was running at around 30 kilometers per hour when it hit the truck.


Son said the train had just sped up after stopping for 18 minutes following a clash with a resident. Otherwise, the crash would have been much more severe, he said.

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