High-speed bullet train derails in Japan

March 2, 2013 11:58 am
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A high-speed bullet train arrives at Tokyo's Sendai Station in Miyagi prefecture on April 25, 2011/AFP
A high-speed bullet train arrives at Tokyo’s Sendai Station in Miyagi prefecture on April 25, 2011/AFP
TOKYO, Mar – A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan on Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said.

The first car of the “Komachi” No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line in Akita, Japan’s national broadcaster NHK and other media said.

But there were no reports of injuries or casualties following the accident, NHK said, showing footage of railway officials checking the wheels of the train bound for Akita station.

NHK said the driver had brought the train to an emergency stop after hearing a loud noise.

The cause of the derailment has yet to be confirmed, but heavy snow may have resulted in the accident, local media said.

Immediate confirmation of the reports was not available.

East Japan Railway, which operates the line, said on its website that bullet train services in the area had been suspended due to heavy snow.

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