Mindanao Times

1 dead, 30 hurt as train, truck collide near Tokyo


ONE person was killed and around 30 people injured on Thursday, authoritie­s said, when an express train and a truck collided on a busy line connecting Tokyo and Yokohama.

The accident derailed the front carriage of the train and badly damaged the truck, which burst into flames and spewed its cargo of hundreds of oranges and lemons alongside the tracks.

The train’s front window was completely smashed and the truck appeared to be pinned to a wall just beyond the crossing where the collision took place.

“Emergency crews took 30 injured people into care. Of those, two had sustained serious injuries. Of those severely injured, the hospital has confirmed the death of one person,” a fire department official told reporters at the scene.

According to the Keikyu train company operating the service, the driver said he had applied the emergency brake but too late to prevent the collision.

The company said it had launched an investigat­ion into the accident that took place just before noon as the express train, carrying 500 people, hurtled through the crossing.

“The maximum speed there is set at 120km (75 miles) per hour and we believe the train was travelling as fast as that,” a Keikyu spokesman, who declined to be named, told AFP.

“There is an abnormalit­y detection system there for emergencie­s and cases such as a truck getting stuck on the crossing. This system kicked in and an alarm signal was flickering,” added this spokesman.

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