28 May '11, 5am

Express train in Japan derailed and caught fire inside tunnel overnight, injuring 39 passengers

TOKYO - AN EXPRESS train in Japan derailed and caught fire inside a tunnel overnight, injuring 39 passengers, railway officials said on Saturday. The injured were taken for hospital treatment though no-one was seriously hurt, officials said. The train, carrying 240 passengers, made an emergency stop inside a 685m tunnel on the northern Hokkaido island at around 10pm (0100 GMT, 9pm Singapore time) on Friday after its driver noticed smoke emerging from the train. The passengers escaped but the fire continued to burn until early Saturday morning, destroying the six-carriage train. Officials and emergency workers found marks on the track and said one of the carriages had apparently derailed just before entering the tunnel. The government ordered the railway company, JR Hokkaido, to carry out a thorough investigation. Mr Naotoshi Nakajima, president of JR Hokkaido, apologised f...

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TOKYO: An express train in Japan derailed and caught fire inside a tunnel overnight, injuring 39 passengers, railway offic...