Police in the southern province of Dong Nai have decided to prosecute nine men deemed responsible for the deadly train car crash on the Ghenh Bridge that killed two and injured 24 others.

The accident took place on February 6, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year.

The nine people to be indicted are: the two train drivers, Nguyen Van Tuy and Nguyen Xuan Phu; the signal light controller, To Van Toan; four railway guards, Tran Van Thoi, Tran Viet Hai, Bui Van Thuan and Nguyen Van Luong; and two taxi drivers, Nguyen Quoc Hung and Nguyen Chau.

The train drivers will be accused for not stopping the train when the signal lights were not working and for entering the bridge without permission from the guards. The light controller and guards will be charged with neglect of duty causing severe consequences, while the taxi drivers will be in the dock for violating traffic rules and preventing staff on duty from discharging their responsibilities.

Col Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy director of Dong Nai Public Security Department, told the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper that the accident was the first ever of its kind in the province. He called on railway staff and locals to raise their awareness of and compliance with traffic regulations./.