Subway Train Derails near Tokyo; No One Injured


Yokohama, June 6 (Jiji Press)--A train on the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line derailed on Thursday, but none of its passengers, totaling some 130, were injured.

The six-car train, which was the day's first train on the line, derailed from the top to the fifth car at around 5:20 a.m. (8:20 p.m. Wednesday GMT), shortly after departing from Shimoiida Station in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, according to the Yokohama municipal government.

The Japan Transport Safety Board of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism sent three investigators to the site to look into the cause of the accident.

The train apparently ran on a metal device that maintenance staff forgot to remove from the tracks after completing their work in the small hours of Thursday.

Although the staff members usually turn off a warning lamp indicating that work is in progress after they remove the device in question, the lamp was somehow turned off before the removal at the time of the maintenance work that ended early on Thursday.

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