2005 Train Crash Site Turned into Place to Remember Victims

Society

Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref., Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--West Japan Railway Co. <9021> on Friday opened the site of a train crash that killed 106 passengers and the train driver in 2005 converted into a facility to remember victims and the accident.

Bereaved family members and Tatsuo Kijima, president of the company, known as JR West, visited the location in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, and laid flowers.

Access to the facility will be limited to family members and those who were injured in the accident until Thursday. It will be opened to the public on Sept. 21.

Kijima offered an apology for the accident and vowed to build a company culture that gives the highest priority to safety, in order to prevent any recurrence.

Of the family members and those who were wounded, 436 people plan to visit the facility before the public opening.

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