Railway Investiges Driver's Actions after Yokohama Collision

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Yokohama, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--Keikyu Corp. <9006> is investigating whether the actions of the driver of its train that collided with a truck at a crossing in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Thursday were appropriate.

The railway thinks the train driver could have avoided the accident if he had noticed a warning signal from an obstacle-detecting device and applied the emergency brakes immediately, sources familiar with the situation said Friday.

The collision left the 67-year-old male driver of the truck dead and 34 people on the train injured, including the 28-year-old male train driver. The front three cars of the eight-car "kaitoku" special rapid train were derailed after colliding with the truck, which was stuck at the crossing.

The train driver told the company that he applied the emergency brakes after seeing the warning on a railway signal.

According to Keikyu, trains can be alerted to obstacles on the crossing by three railway signals, placed 10 meters, 130 meters and 340 meters from it, respectively. Lights flashing on the signal placed 340 meters from the crossing can be observed by train drivers as far as 600 meters away from the crossing.

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