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Japan: One dead and more than 30 injured in collision of train and truck

2019-09-05T14:43:25.133Z

A train has driven in the Japanese city of Yokohama against a truck that stood on a railroad crossing. The driver is said to have been fatally injured.



In the Japanese city of Yokohama, a collision of a train with a truck has occurred. One person was killed, according to the police, this is the truck driver. Dozens of passengers are said to have been injured.

The truck remained according to media reports from unexplained cause at a railroad crossing. The train drove at about 120 kilometers per hour against the vehicle, which was pressed against a wall and went up in flames.

Kyodo / REUTERS

Train accident in Japan: Among the passengers panic is said to have broken out

The first car of the train derailed. Among the approximately 500 train passengers, panic broke out. There are more than 30 injured, media reported. According to a fire department spokesman, two of them were in mortal danger.

TV pictures showed the tilted first wagon of the train. Broken windows and black smoke could be seen on it. Hundreds of lemons lay beside the tracks - apparently part of the truckload.

A train has collided with a truck at a railway crossing in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The truck caught fire, sending black smoke into the air. Authorities say at least 30 people may have been injured. pic.twitter.com/QJ6oiq4AhQ

- NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) September 5, 2019

People reported heavy smoke and panic among the passengers. "I saw flames, and then the fire got stronger and stronger, everyone was rushing outside, there was panic," said an eyewitness.

According to the railway operator company Keikyu, the platoon driver pressed the emergency brake, but he could no longer prevent the collision. According to a spokesman, there is a warning system on the section, which triggers an alarm in dangerous situations - such as when a truck stops at a railroad crossing. The system worked.

Source: spiegel

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