One dead, over 30 injured as train hits truck, derails in Yokohama

Baku, September 5, AZERTAC

A man died and more than 30 people were injured after an express train collided with a truck and derailed Thursday in Yokohama, police and rescuers from the city near Tokyo said, according to Kyodo News.

The accident occurred at around 11:40 a.m. at a crossing on the Keikyu Line between Kanagawa-Shimmachi and Nakakido stations. The first three carriages of the eight-car passenger train derailed and the truck caught fire, they said.

The man killed in the accident is suspected to be the 67-year-old truck driver who the police said was likely trapped underneath the train.

Among those hurt, a female passenger in her 20s sustained serious injuries, police said.

Train operator Keikyu Corp. said the train, running from Aoto in Tokyo to Misakiguchi in Kanagawa Prefecture, could have been traveling at 120 kilometers per hour when it hit the train.

The truck is suspected to have been stranded on the crossing before the impact, according to the police.

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