JR says will take 2 weeks to remove bullet train derailed by quake

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East Japan Railway Co. said Sunday it will take at least two weeks to remove a shinkansen bullet train that derailed as a result of a powerful earthquake in the country’s northeast on Wednesday.

The operator began work in the morning to remove the 17-car train that came off the tracks on a viaduct some 2 kilometers from a station in Shiroisi, Miyagi Prefecture. In all, 16 of the 17 cars derailed.

Workers used jack stands to lift the cars and put them back on the tracks. But some of the cars may need a crane to pull them up, the company said, adding that the train will then be moved to a base i...

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