JR West Not to Show Any Train Car from 2005 Crash to Public

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Osaka, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, plans to preserve all seven cars of a train that crashed in 2005 to kill 106 passengers at an employee training center, without opening any of them to the public.

At the training facility in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, the firm will use the train cars for safety education for employees. The plan was unveiled at a meeting held in the city of Itami in Hyogo Prefecture, next to Osaka, on Saturday with bereaved relatives and people injured in the accident.

"Our company, which caused the accident, has the responsibility to preserve the train cars permanently," JR West President Tatsuo Kijima said at a press conference after the meeting.

The accident occurred during the morning rush hour on April 25, 2005. The seven-car rapid train packed with commuters derailed while traveling on a curve of JR West's Fukuchiyama Line in the city of Amagasaki, Hyogo, and crashed into a condominium building nearby. The driver of the train was also killed in the crash.

JR West has to date kept some of the seven cars at a warehouse in the Hyogo city of Takasago and the rest at a facility of the company in the city of Osaka. Kijima said, "Preserving all seven cars at the Suita facility, which is designed for us to reflect on the accident, will allow us to offer comprehensive safety training for our employees."

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