One Killed, 29 Injured in Train-Truck Collision in Yokohama


Yokohama, Sept. 5 (Jiji Press)--An eight-car Keikyu Corp. <9006> train and a large truck collided at a crossing in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Thursday, leaving the 67-year-old male driver of the truck dead and 29 people on the train injured, authorities said.

The truck driver died after he was sent to a hospital, according to the Kanagawa prefectural police department. The first to third cars of the "kaitoku" special rapid train, which was carrying about 500 passengers, derailed after the collision, according to the Japanese railway operator and other sources.

The accident occurred around 11:40 a.m. (2:40 a.m. GMT). The crossing is located between the Keikyu line's Kanagawa-Shinmachi and Nakakido stations in the city's Kanagawa Ward.

The transport ministry's Japan Transport Safety Board sent three investigators to the collision site to look into the cause of the incident. The Kanagawa prefectural police department is also investigating how the accident occurred.

Footage from a security camera installed at the crossing showed that the truck, loaded with fruit, became stranded after entering the crossing. The crossing barriers came down while the truck was unable to move, and the train crashed into the left side of the vehicle, according to Keikyu.

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