Another transport accident hits South Korea as two subway trains collide in Seoul

May 3, 2014 1:16 pm

m_Another transport accident hits South Korea as two subway trains collide in Seoul

Seoul 03rd May 2014: More than 100 people have been injured after a subway train in the South Korean capital Seoul crashed into another one at a station on Friday.

As many as 170 people were hurt and taken to local hospitals. No one appeared to be seriously injured.

The incident occurred at 15:30 local time (06:30 GMT) yesterday when an incoming train crashed into one that was stopped at the Sangwangsimni station in east Seoul.

The accident was caused by a signal failure and that two subway cars were derailed, according to Seoul Metro official Chung Soo-young.

This is the second serious transport accident in South Korea in just over two weeks. A Sewol ferry carrying 476 people aboard sank off South Korea on 16 April. South Korean prime minister Chung Hong-won resigned, taking the responsibility of slow response of rescue services. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised for her government’s failure to prevent the accident, and for the insufficient first response.

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