Thousands of passengers were stranded after a cargo train derailed on Vietnam’s outdated north-south rail line on Tuesday, blocking all other coming trains for around 11 hours.
Passengers wait at Binh Thuan Railway Station after a cargo train derailed on September 29, 2015. Photo: Quang Thanh
No casualties have been reported.
Services were resumed at around 1 a.m. Wednesday after cranes were mobilized to deal with the cars lying on the one-meter gauge line.
The incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on September 29 when the cargo train SY2 en route from Hanoi to the southern province of Binh Duong derailed at a section in Binh Thuan Province.
Doan Duy Hoach, deputy director of the state-owned operator Vietnam Railways, said the incident happened at a remote area that can only be reached by rail.
“Thus, rescue efforts took a lot of time. Rescuers only managed to lift the cars back to the rail line and pulled them to a nearby station at 10:30 p.m.,” he said.
Relevant authorities are investigating the case, he said.
According to Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company, several trains had to wait at nearby stations for hours.