Memorial Service Held at Scene of 2005 Deadly Train Crash


Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref., April 25 (Jiji Press)--A memorial service to mark the 14th anniversary of a deadly train derailment accident in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, was held on Thursday, for the first time at the crash site.

The crash, which happened on the morning of April 25, 2005, killed 106 passengers and the train's driver and injured 562 others.

In the accident, a seven-car rapid commuter train of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, crashed into a condominium building after going off the track between Tsukaguchi and Amagasaki stations on the Fukuchiyama Line in the city of Amagasaki.

The derailment occurred as the train entered a curve at a speed of 116 kilometers per hour, far faster than the speed limit of 70 kph on the section.

"Although those who joined our company after the accident now account for nearly half of its personnel, we'll never let (the accident) be forgotten," JR West President Tatsuo Kijima said during the service, attended by some 500 people.

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